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Busting Myths: 6 Foods People Think Can't Be Kept Overnight

Staying healthy is the key to help you succeed in anything you want to do.

While eating spoiled or bad food can make you very sick, here's a list of six foods that can actually be kept in the fridge overnight—with some exceptions.

  1. Brewed tea
  2. Cooked mushrooms
  3. Soft-boiled eggs
  4. Cooked leafy green vegetables
  5. Mixed salad
  6. Seafood

1. Brewed Tea

There is some talk that if you leave tea in the fridge overnight, it will lose all its flavor. It also produces more bacteria, and fungi-breeding nutrients, which may harm your health.

However, according to Plum Deluxe, "For hot-brewed tea, it is recommended that you don’t keep your tea in the fridge for more than 8 hours." Also, be sure to cover your tea and not add any extra sweeteners or fruit, as those will ferment faster.

If you leave it in the fridge for too long or just aren't in the mood to drink it, you can use it as a natural fertilizer on your plants. They will love it!

Sauteed mushrooms

Sauteed mushrooms

2. Cooked Mushrooms

Cooked mushrooms are highly nutritious, but some people believe they must be eaten in one sitting. This is mostly false.

Many types of fresh or cooked mushrooms, including white button, portabella, shitake, oyster, and enoki varieties, can be kept in the fridge for 3–5 days. However, if they smell weird or have a slimy texture, it's time to toss them.

The only exception is wood ear mushrooms. You must hydrate, cook, and eat these for one meal only. The reason why is that if you put these in the fridge with water, you risk spoilage and cross-contamination.

3. Soft-Boiled Eggs

Good news! If your soft-boiled eggs still have their shells, they can be properly stored in the fridge for two days. You can then simmer them to reheat.

Now, it's never a good idea to eat undercooked or raw eggs since there's a possibility of getting sick from Salmonella.

If your eggs have been fully cooked, sealed properly, and kept in the refrigerator, they can generally be stored without problem for 48 hours.

cooked leafy greens

cooked leafy greens

4. Cooked Leafy Green Vegetables

Dark, green leafy vegetables contain more nitrates than other vegetables, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Some people have concerns that reheating cooked leafy greens, but this hasn't been proven. In fact, nitrates may actually be the reason why vegetables are good for you.

Now, if you reboil water, the number of nitrates will become concentrated, but for this to happen, you'd have to reheat the veggies so long that they become dried up and shriveled.

5. Mixed Salads

Mixed salads have many ingredients, such as dressing, vinegar, and dried fruits. However, if it's stored properly, it can keep for a couple of days.

Here are a few ways to tell your salad is bad:

  • It's slimy and mushy.
  • The color has deterioted.
  • It smells off.

6. Seafood

While seafood is best eaten fresh, it is safe to keep in the fridge for 3–4 days. However, you must follow these guidelines since refrigeration only slows the growth of bacteria. Cooked shellfish should be eaten within two days.

Enjoy Your Leftovers

I hope this article taught you something new! Please note, if you have any doubts about something in your fridge, it's better to err on the side of caution.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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what on January 26, 2014:

What kind of propaganda or bull is this? What journal of medicine, Scientific American, or other reputable source is this based from?? Don't even go there if you're thinking 'common knowledge'. If this is so dangerous, why hasn't there been more articles about this, and why do some of the articles only originate from a certain country??

Sara on December 08, 2013:

Could you provide where you got the sources from? Thanks.

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Milli from USA on March 14, 2012:

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