Love Your Leftovers

Even if they were refrigerated properly (below 40 °F) and promptly, the leftovers from your Thanksgiving feast should be eaten, frozen or discarded by Monday, November 28. If leftovers have been in your refrigerator for more than 4 days - toss them! Don't love your leftovers for too long.

To reduce risk of foodborne illness, reheat cooked leftovers to 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer. Sauces, soups and gravies should be reheated by bringing them to a boil.

When microwaving leftovers, make sure there are no cold spots in food (where bacteria can survive). Cover food, stir and rotate for even cooking. Remember to use a food thermometer to check the temperature!

Visit Holiday Food Safety  for tasty leftover recipes, including Colorful Turkey Pasta Salad and Turkey-Vegetable Hash Brown Quiche!

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