How to Store Leftover Roast Pork

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If you have leftover pork roast and you're so full you can't eat another bite, the meat is far too delicious to discard. Leftover pork is just as good the second time around, and it can be incorporated into pork stew, quesadillas, fajitas, pork sandwiches or a variety of tasty soups or casseroles. If you won't be using the leftover pork immediately, store the meat safely to prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause illness.

Place leftover pork roast in an airtight container. Put the container in the refrigerator immediately, and use the refrigerated roast pork within three to four days. Never allow leftover roast pork to cool on the counter.

Freeze leftover pork roast if you won't be using the refrigerated leftover pork within three to four days. Cut the meat into slices, then place the slices in a tightly sealed, airtight container. The leftover pork roast will last indefinitely in the freezer, but the flavor will be preserved for four to six months. Leftover pork roast also can be stored in freezer bags. Press the excess air out of the bag before sealing the bag.

Label the package of leftover pork roast before refrigerating or freezing. Use a permanent marker to note the type of meat, date and any other helpful information.

Heat leftover roast pork until the meat is cooked through, reaching an internal temperatures of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.