Rat Queen/Mouse Matriarch
Join Date: May 2009
Location: United States
The meals I make in the crock pot last us about a week and they do fine in single portion sealed containers in the fridge/freezer. We just pull one out, microwave it for a few minutes and it's ready to take to work in an insulated lunch bag (boyfriend has no access to microwaves at work) or to eat at home. If I make something for him that requires cooling instead, I'll throw a cold icepack at the bottom of his lunch bag before packing the food. Same with large meals I prepare entirely in the microwave when I'm feeling lazy (rice+veg, pasta+veg, sweet potato mac & 'cheez'), they seem to keep for as long as it takes to eat them (about a week or less) and can last longer with freezing. There are people that cook huge portions of food for themselves/their family and then freeze them so they don't have to cook again the entire month. I'm sure preparing food the night before will be okay so long as it's properly stored.
How old was your colleague's food/leftovers and was it refrigerated/frozen/sealed properly? Was it left sitting out for too long before refrigeration? Was it heated thoroughly enough?
Forgot to add: It's a good idea not to use ingredients that may be past their time or expired either. Be sure to store those properly as well before cooking/preparing.
I can't abandon the person I used to be, so I carry her.