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Food Storage & Health

How long can I safely eat Thanksgiving leftovers?

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  • AVandana R. Sheth, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Four simple steps to avoid food poisoning include:
    • Wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food
    • Separate food (raw meat, fish, poultry and eggs from cooked food) and use different cutting boards to avoid cross-contamination
    • Cook food to a safe internal temperature
    • Store leftovers in containers and in the refrigerator/freezer within two hours
    Check out this video on food safety tips: 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvtkbPBrH4I

    For a complete list of the safe minimum internal temperatures of some of your favorite holiday dishes, as well as information on how to properly use a food thermometer, visit www.HomeFoodSafety.org.
     
  • AXimena Jimenez, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    For your Thanksgiving leftovers follow this simple rules:

    • Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of cooking food
    • Keep your refrigerator at less than 40 degrees farenheit
    • After 4 days in refrigerator, throw away leftovers
    • Put leftovers in shallow containers, preferably 2 inches depth
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  • Thanksgiving dinner often leaves us with extra food and opportunities to get creative. But exactly how long should we keep repeating variations of our Thanksgiving dinner? Use the following guidelines to determine when your Thanksgiving leftovers should be left behind:
    • Refrigerated cooked turkey should be eaten within three to four days.
    • Stuffing and gravy should be eaten within one to two days.
    • Casseroles and cooked vegetables should be eaten within three to four days.
    • Fruit and cream pies should be eaten within two to three days.
    Regardless of how many days have passed, when in doubt -- throw it out.
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