By Marge Perry
Updated October 19, 2011
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In these economically challenging times, there's just no need to waste food. See how to safely store and save your leftovers to maintain both quality and optimal flavor.

In a word: NO! It may seem to defy logic, because heat kills harmful food borne germs. But when left out, food can develop new kinds of more heat-resistant toxins. After food is left at room temperature for more than 2 hours, it should be discarded.