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Time to Toss or Freeze Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Experts report that by the end of the day, another 350 people will be hospitalized across the country because of food poisoning. During the holidays, the risk of getting sick often goes up.

Food safety experts mark today, Monday, as the deadline for Thanksgiving leftovers. Dietitians at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center recommend either using up or freezing leftovers and turkey within four days of the holiday to avoid potential illness.

Here are some tips to keep your leftovers safe:

  • When reheating leftovers, move food out of plastic containers. The plastic can burn and chemicals can leach into your food
  • Turkey should be okay when stored in the fridge for no more than three to four days.
  • Stuffing and gravy should already be gone by the four day deadline. Discard or freeze those dishes and casseroles within one to two days
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