Tips For Storing And Reheating Holiday Leftovers

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After preparing a great holiday feast, the kitchen may be the last place you want to be. This is why after a big holiday meal, the leftovers are very important. If you properly store and refrigerate the excess food, you can enjoy your delightful preparations for days.

An unwritten rule for food safety is to keep the hot food hot and cold preparation cold. But every household does not have restaurant-style warming trays and buffet servers. Hence, it is suggested to pack up and refrigerate the surplus food items within two to four hours after preparation. The U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) says leftovers can be stored safely in the freezer from 3-4 days to even 3-4 months, regardless of the type of food.

If you are finished with a lavish dinner and not sure how to store the leftovers, here are a few tips to help you do the job right!

Properly Store The Leftovers

Storing the uneaten dishes is all about packing right and placing them in the refrigerator at the right temperature. Divide the meals into smaller portions and tightly wrap the food in small containers as they help the food cool quickly.

Contrary to popular folk wisdom, cooked food should not be brought down to average room temperature before refrigeration. Leftovers can be placed in the refrigerator or freezer as soon as possible, even if they still have steam or heat coming off of them. Proper storing will help you relish the delicious flavors for days without compromising on the quality of food.

Freezing The Leftovers

Freezing excess food keeps it safe by preventing the growth of food spoiling bacteria. You can store your food for a longer time as long as they are frozen at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. However, frozen foods also come with a limited shelf-life, usually of up to two to three months.

Make sure to press the air out of the plastic bags before you seal the eatables. However, liquids like soups or gravies will expand when frozen, which is why it is recommended to leave space at the top of the container. When it comes to storing meat, it should be sliced out and wrapped in foil or freezer paper.

Reheating Holiday Leftovers

Reheat the refrigerated food just as you would when cooking them the first time. If you are using a microwave, arrange the meal properly on a microwave-safe dish and cover it. While reheating any sauces, soups, or gravies, ensure you bring them to a roiling boil. You can also use your microwave to thaw the refrigerated food safely.

Be Creative In Your Recipes

You can always transform the surplus into a new dish that makes it more appealing. It is better to do so instead of letting uneaten food go to waste. Toss roasted veggies into a salad or create a mixture out of cubes of sweet potatoes and leftover ham or turkey.

To prepare a mouth-watering dish from the leftovers, you must ensure that your refrigeration and heating appliances are functioning correctly. If you are facing any issues with your heating and cooling appliances, feel free to call us. At Able Appliance & HVAC Service, we provide comprehensive solutions to get rid of all heating and refrigeration service-related issues.

November 2019




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Most people use microwaves daily to thaw frozen foods, reheat leftovers, and cook meals. Common problems your microwave can develop include:

  • The plate won’t turn.
  • The microwave doesn’t turn on or off.
  • The door won’t close or open.
  • The microwave doesn’t heat properly.
  • It makes strange or loud sounds.
  • The light stops working.
  • The touchpad won’t respond.

Call to schedule a repair today if you notice any of these warning signs.


Whether you own a separate freezer or only the one on your refrigerator, you count on it to keep perishable items frozen for later use. If the freezer fails, you may lose hundreds of dollars worth of food. Some warning signs of freezer malfunction include:

  • Water leaks
  • Frost or ice buildup
  • Strange sounds
  • Temperature variations
  • Constantly running compressor

The freezer also might just stop working.

Ice Makers

Many people enjoy the convenience of built-in ice makers. Signs that yours isn’t working correctly:

  • Ice is fractured, frosted, or strangely shaped.
  • Ice won’t release from the mold.
  • The outside ejector doesn’t produce ice.

Common issues include clogged water lines, incorrectly set thermostats, unlevel mounting, and clogged water filters.


Gone are the days when someone had to wash dishes by hand in the sink daily. Most people use their dishwashers every day to avoid that manual task. You may notice:

  • Your dishes aren’t clean after a wash cycle.
  • The dishwasher won’t run.
  • The machine won’t fill or drain properly.
  • Your dishwasher has a foul odor.
  • Operation makes more noise than usual.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service can diagnose and repair your issue.


Every kitchen has a refrigerator. Some people have them in garages and offices too. We count on these essential appliances to keep our food fresh. It’s time to schedule a repair if:

  • The refrigerator operates constantly or won’t come on at all.
  • The temperature is too hot or too cold, not adjusting with the thermostat.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.
  • The water dispenser won’t release water.
  • The appliance makes loud noises.

Most of these issues are easily repaired.

Ovens, Stoves, and Ranges

Families that enjoy home-cooked meals and freshly baked desserts rely on their ovens and stoves. Owners can choose gas or electric appliances, and the repair issues can differ for each type. However, the problems you may notice remain similar.


  • The oven won’t heat to the set temperature correctly or at all.
  • The interior light won’t come on or turn off.
  • The self-cleaning feature doesn’t work.
  • The door won’t open or close.
  • Your food cooks unevenly.
  • Your controls aren’t responsive.
  • The heating or broiling element won’t ignite or come on.

Stovetops and Ranges

  • Eyes won’t ignite or power on.
  • Temperatures don’t adjust to your settings.
  • The indicator lights don’t work.
  • Turning the eyes on produces sparks or strange smells.
  • Bubbles, cracks, or blisters appear on the cooktop or coils.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service technicians can repair all brands of electric and gas ovens, stoves, cooktops, and gas range tops.

Washers and Dryers

Everyone needs clean clothes, sheets, and towels. Our washers and dryers make that easy to accomplish unless they stop working properly. Each appliance typically gives you signs that repairs are necessary.


  • Water won’t fill or drain.
  • Water overfills or leaks.
  • The agitator won’t spin.
  • The washer vibrates excessively or makes loud noises.
  • Unpleasant odors persist.
  • The door doesn’t open.
  • The machine ruins your laundry.
  • The washer won’t turn on or stop


  • The dryer doesn’t power on or only runs for a short time.
  • The dryer won’t heat or overheat.
  • The machine takes too long to dry laundry.
  • The drum won’t spin.
  • The dryer is too noisy or vibrates excessively.
  • The laundry has wrinkles or lint.

These appliances come in many makes and models, and Able Appliance & HVAC Service can repair them all.

AC and Heating

When your heating or air conditioning isn’t working properly, your home can quickly become uncomfortable. Common issues you’ll notice are:

  • The air isn’t heated or cooled to the correct temperature, the heat blows cold air, or the AC blows hot air.
  • The unit runs constantly or won’t turn on.
  • Fluid leaks from your inside or outside units.
  • Your system is too loud.

Schedule a repair appointment to avoid further damage if you experience any of these problems.

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