Over 400,000 people get sick from Thanksgiving leftovers each year, she says.
+ If you’ve left your food out in the open for more than 2 hours at room temperature before refrigerating it, it might be time to toss the food into the compost.
+ When in doubt, throw it out, says Willard. “Better to miss out on that fantastic calorie-laden leftovers sandwich than endure food poisoning.”
+ Use refrigerated leftovers within three to four days, or freeze them, says the Food Safety Inspection Service.
+ Reheat leftovers to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F or until hot and steaming.
Don’t forget to clean, separate, cook and chill. Watch the video below for more information on the 4-step safe-cooking process.
Also, make sure your leftovers don’t become your pet’s main course. These foods can be especially harmful to dogs:
- Raw or undercooked turkey
- Turkey skin
- Dough and cake batter
- Macadamia nuts