Can you eat KFC gravy the next day?

In this article we are going to answer can you eat KFC gravy the next day, what is KFC, what are the ingredients of KFC gravy, how to store properly KFC gravy, and what happens if you eat KFC gravy left outside the fridge, and how long does KFC gravy last. 

Can you eat KFC gravy the next day?

Yes, you can eat KFC gravy the next day but only if it has been stored correctly. If KFC gravy is stored correctly it can last up to 4 days in the refrigerator and up to 6 months in the freezer. 

Try to not leave it outside for more than 2 hours and if left at a higher temperature than 90 F for more than one hour it should be thrown away.

What is KFC?

KFC stands for Kentucky Fried Chicken. Is an American Fast Food restaurant chain that specializes in fried chicken. It is based in Louisville, Kentucky. It is the world’s second-largest restaurant sales according to their sales after Mcdonald’s. 

It is one of the first fast-food chain restaurants to expand internationally. By the mid-1960s the restaurant opened in Canada, UK, Mexico, and Jamaica. 

It became so popular because it was the first fast-food restaurant to challenge the hamburger and served fried chicken.

The original menu offered pressure-fried chicken pieces, seasoned with Sanders’s recipe. Larger portions of fried chicken are served in a bucket. The menu has expanded now and it serves other chicken products such as

  • Chicken Filet sandwich
  • Chicken wraps
  • Salads 
  • Side dishes such as french fries and coleslaw
  • Desserts
  • Soft drinks

KFC adapts its menu internationally to suit regional tastes. For example in the USA they also sell grilled chicken, in India, they sell halal chicken, and in Asia, they have a preference for spicy foods. 

What are the ingredients of KFC mash and gravy?

KFC mash and gravy ingredients are potatoes, whey products (whey solids, nonfat milk, sodium caseinate, calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate), salt, mono, and diglycerides, calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate, sodium bisulfate, natural flavors, natural colors, citric acid, and spice. 

Because it has a high quantity of chemicals and preservatives, it is easier for mash and gravy to last for a longer period of time.

What happens if you eat KFC gravy left outside the fridge?

If you eat KFC food left outside the fridge overnight you will almost for sure get food poisoning or food-borne illness. Food poisoning is caused when you eat something that is contaminated with bacteria, viruses, or parasites. 

Sometimes you don’t have to ingest the virus or bacteria, it is enough by eating their toxins to have symptoms of food poisoning. 

To prevent food poisoning from KFC gravy, it should be refrigerated or frozen within 2 hours after being cooked. 

Symptoms might start within an hour of eating contaminated food. Symptoms include

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

The whole sickness caused by food poisoning can last one day to several days. Food poisoning is life-threatening to immune-suppressed patients, the elderly, pregnant women, and young children. 

The most common contaminants that can cause food poisoning when eating contaminated KFC food are

  • Campylobacter: symptoms start from 2 to 5 days
  • Clostridium perfringens: symptoms start from 8 to 16 hours
  • Rotavirus: symptoms start from 1 to 3 days
  • Salmonella: symptoms start from 1 to 3 days
  • Shigella: symptoms start from 24 to 48 hours
  • Staphylococcus aureus: symptoms start from 1 to 6 hours
  • Listeria: symptoms start from 9 to 48 hours 
  • Noroviruses (there are very common in the summer): symptoms start from 12 to 48 hours

How should you store KFC gravy properly? 

KFC gravy should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator as soon as you take it out of the store and arrive at your house, especially if you are not going to eat it at that moment. It should not be outside for more than 2 hours. 

If KFC gravy is left for more than one hour at a temperature higher than 90 F, throw it away to prevent food poisoning. 

How long does KFC gravy last?

It is a very hard question to answer because we have no idea when KFC gravy was prepared but in general once prepared, KFC gravy can last up to 4 days in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer. 

Once defrosted, it can last up to 3 days in the refrigerator and it should not be frozen again.

Follow this link for a recipe for KFC mash and gravy so you can store it correctly right after cooking and last longer. 

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Conclusion

This article answered: Can you eat KFC gravy the next day, what is KFC, what are the ingredients of KFC gravy, how to store KFC gravy properly, what happens if you eat KFC gravy left outside the fridge, and how long does KFC gravy last?

Citation

https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/symptoms.html

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