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How long can pasta be stored in the refrigerator: the maximum time has been announced

Elena KozlovaLS Food
Stale pasta can lead to food poisoning
Stale pasta can lead to food poisoning

Cooked pasta that has been in the refrigerator for a long time can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms associated with poisoning. Therefore, they should be stored for no longer than 3-5 days.

The most common pathogen is Bacillus cereus, which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and in severe cases, even death, according to elespanol.com.

How long can pasta be stored in the refrigerator: the maximum time has been announced

However, it should be borne in mind that most often pasta is accompanied by sauce or other ingredients that can spoil earlier. It is important to understand the maximum shelf life in the refrigerator in each case, for example

  • homemade sauces - up to 4 days;
  • boiled vegetables and meat - 3-4 days;
  • eggs - 3 days;
  • minced meat and fresh sausages - 1-2 days;
  • fish - no more than 1 day.

In addition, these additional foods can introduce listeria, salmonella, clostridium, or campylobacter into the body. The severity of the poisoning will depend on the period of exposure and specific microorganisms.

How to prevent pasta poisoning?

Store it properly in the refrigerator: put it in after it has cooled down, but no later than 2 hours later, using airtight and shallow food containers. You can also add a little olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking to each other as it cools. The temperature in the refrigerator should not exceed 4 °C.

Check the condition of the dish before eating: if the pasta is spoiled, it becomes slippery and sticky, changes color to grayish or whitish, and smells unpleasant.

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