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Why is it important to store leftover food carefully?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Storing food carefully will ensure freshness and taste, plus it will keep bacteria at bay. Use sealable containers that are shallow (two inches or less, if possible) to help cool food quickly. Don't over-pack the fridge; air needs to circulate to maintain the proper temperature, which should be 40 degrees Fahrenheit (check it before you close up for the night). Turkey will stay good for three to four days, but gravy shouldn't be eaten after one or two. The same goes for baked goods, which should be eaten or thrown out within a few days of the big day.

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