How to keep holiday left overs safe
(CNN) — Part of the fun of the holidays is eating the big family meal and enjoying the delicious left overs. Following some simple rules can keep our food safe
Make sure that you don't leave it sitting out longer than two hours and chill it appropriately as well.
Whether that's the turkey or a casserole, get it into the refrigerator quickly to keep bad bacteria from multiplying.
Put your food in airtight containers, because air fuels the bacteria, so keep that air out.
The temperature of your refrigerator should be set below 40 degrees to ensure that the food will stay safe. You may want to get a thermometer if your refrigerator does not have one.
When it's time to reheat the leftovers - bring the temperature back up to the level needed when cooked the first time.
Make sure the poultry is at least at 165.
The academy of nutrition and dietetics says we should eat the leftovers within 3 - 4 days.
And if you have any concerns about safety: ‘If in doubt throw it out’