(Closed) Can you re-heat chili more than once?

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
1505 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Go for it πŸ™‚  Should be fine πŸ™‚

Post # 4
1556 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve reheated more than once.  I think chili actually tastes better after the first day anyway.

Post # 6
2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

Yes and it just keeps tasting better and better.

Post # 7
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Absolutely πŸ™‚

Post # 8
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I do it all the time.

Post # 9
576 posts
Busy bee

I did it earlier this week (actually I re-heated it twice) and both my husband and I are still alive and kicking so you should be fine!

Post # 11
3982 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

This was such an oddly specific and out of context question! I love it! I actually giggled when I saw the title.

And yes. We do it all the time! As long as it was stored and cooled properly. I mean, kitchen counter chilie isn’t exactly the best… you think that would be common knowledge… May I introduce my 20 year old sister to you guys?

Post # 13
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Neva:  Totally agree.  That and any kind of pasta. πŸ™‚

Post # 14
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

The key here is about food storage (more than food reheating)

Food needs to be stored properly BOTH before and after it is cooked.

The rule of thumb is referred to as the 4-2 Rule… the amount of time that food can safely exist in the temp range between 5 C (40 F) and 60 C (140 F)

Food out for 2 Hours OR Under, and one needs to either use it immediately… or store it below 40 F or cook it thru above 140 F

Food out for more than 2 Hours at either above 40 F or below 140 F is in the zone for not being the best to eat

And Food out for 4 Hours or longer in that zone… should be thrown out

So, for example, you bring straight home meat from the grocery store… your options are refrigerate it, freeze it, or cook it.

You make a pot of chili, and eaten some for Dinner… all the while letting the pot cool on the stove afterwards.  If you cleaned up after Dinner and stored it at BELOW 40 F within 2 Hours and then reheat it to 140 F minimum the next day, then you are good to go.

IF you left the Chili out more than 2 Hours, you are taking a chance… more than 4 and you need to THROW IT OUT

OR if the next day you don’t reheat it to the required 140 F, you are taking a risk as well.

Also of Note, Leftovers (particularly those with meat in them) should not be eaten after 3 days of storage in the fridge.

So, if you are making a BIG Batch of Chili and may not eat it all within 3 Days, then break it down into smaller meal size containers for the Freezer.

And Items that were previously frozen, then cooked, should not be refrozen again… they then come under the leftover category… store them properly in the fridge for up to 3 days… or THROW THEM OUT

You can find more info on this stuff on-line by using GOOGLE… Government Food Agencies (like the FDA in the USA, or Health Canada) have websites that go into more detail

As well, you might consider purchasing a great Cookbook that has extensive info for NEW Cooks like the *Joy of Cooking*… it covers everything from setting up a Kitchen, Pantry Info, Cuts of Meat, Fruits & Veggies, Food Storage, Food Prep, Equivalencies, Entertaining, and YES even Recipes.  Everyone who cooks IMO should have a copy… probably one of the best Kitchen Resources ever in print !!

Hope this helps,


Post # 16
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

looove leftover chili!! i agree, it def tastes better the next day

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