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Enjoy Thanksgiving Leftovers Safely

Leftovers can be the best part of a big holiday. To get the most enjoyment from the remnants of Thanksgiving dinner, a few steps will help to avoid food poisoning.

  • Set the refrigerator temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This keeps harmful bacteria from growing.
  • Refrigerate all leftovers promptly. Don’t let perishable leftovers stay unrefrigerated longer than two hours. In a hot climate–90 degrees Fahrenheit or above–reduce this time to one hour.
  • Know how long leftovers can last once they’re stored in a refrigerator:
  • Cooked vegetables, turkey, ham, meat casseroles and soup are safe to eat for up to three or four days.
  • Gravy, broth and stuffing last for one or two days.
This post was written by Nancy Copperman, RD, director of public health initiatives in the office of community health at the North Shore-LIJ Health System and assistant professor of population health at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.  

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