Safely Eating and Storing Leftover Food
The holiday season is here and in some areas of the world the cold temperatures come along with winter holidays. Families are gathering together, baking cookies, cakes, pies and goodies, toasting good cheer to each other and enjoying family dinners.
Whether it is a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole for a holiday family dinner or homemade vegetable soup and cornbread to gather round and eat after a family and friends snowball fight and sledding night there is usually leftovers to be stored.
Here are a few safety tips that everyone should follow to make sure your leftovers are yummy and safe to eat.
~Before putting your leftovers in containers wash your hands.
~Food should be refrigerated within two hours of being served.
~Leftovers should be stored in shallow containers so all leftovers can reach a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less quickly, by storing it in shallow containers the center of the leftovers is allowed to cool down in a timely manner also.
~Wrap the leftovers in air tight packaging or seal them in storage containers. This keeps out the bacteria and keeps the moisture in.
~When heating leftovers in the microwave, in the oven or on the stove top they should always be heated to at least a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
~DO NOT keep or eat leftovers longer than three days.
Please remember your neighbors, the elderly and the handicapped that may be alone and would love to share a meal with someone.