Leftover safety reminders following Thanksgiving

After Thanksgiving, you might be wondering what to do with all of your leftovers.

There are a few things you need to do to keep the happy in your holidays.

Improperly stored leftovers can make you sick.

They should be wrapped well or stored in airtight packaging.

Food that isn’t properly stored can get bacteria.

Any frozen leftovers can be reheated without thawing, but that may take longer.

When reheating, leftover food needs to reach a temperature of 165 degrees.

And food won’t be good forever, no matter how you store it.

“Leftovers are good for three to four days after you’ve cooked them, that’s if they’re sitting in the refrigerator and so after four days it’s best just to discard them,” said Gundersen Health System infection preventionist Megan Meller.

Any perishable foods that have been left in room temperature for more than 2 hours should be thrown away.

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