Here’s how to safely store those Thanksgiving dinner leftovers

Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 3:42 PM EST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KIMT/CBS News) - Thanksgiving meals are a gift that just keeps on giving!

But the USDA recommends eating that gift within three to four days after you make it, a lot shorter of a timeframe than many of us would like to believe.

Kaitlin Anderson of Olmsted County Public Health in Minnesota shared three tips for storing Thanksgiving leftovers:

  • Cool the food properly and as quickly as possible. Make sure the food is stored in shallow containers and in small quantities.
  • Use them in a timely manner. Put the leftovers in the freezer for them to last indefinitely. The quality of the food may go down, but they are safe to eat.
  • Reheat the food properly. That means heating to up to 165 degrees.

“Nobody wants to spend the holiday with food-borne illness, so it’s best to just treat your food safely so that you can enjoy a healthy and happy Thanksgiving weekend,” Anderson said.

These tips will make sure that the food does not develop any pathogens, one guest no one wants at the Thanksgiving table.

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