Augusta, GA – Many of us have lots of leftovers after yesterday’s big Christmas dinner.
But, some of them may be no good.
Holly Firfer explained which ones will not make it to the New Year in Saturday’s health minute.
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 your food safe. For starters, make sure that you don’t leave it sitting out longer than two hours. You also want to make sure you chill it appropriately. 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 you want to 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. And when it’s time to reheat the leftovers – bring the temperature back up to the level needed when cooked the first time.
We want to make sure the poultry is at least at 165.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics report we should eat the leftovers within three to four days. And if you have any concerns about safety, follow the phrase ‘if in doubt throw it out.’
According to the FDA, if you plan on keeping your ham or your turkey it is good in the freezer for about nine months to a year.