Food safety tips: How long should you keep your Thanksgiving leftovers?

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One in six Americans will get a food-borne illness this year.  The following leftover food safety tips will keep your Thanksgiving happy after the day is done.

  1. Buy a food thermometer if you don’t already have one.
  2. Wash hands, utensils and food prep areas between items.
  3. Last minute safe thawing tips:
  4. Cook turkey breast to 165 degrees F & thigh to 175 degrees F.
  5. Rinse fresh fruit and vegetables right before using unless labeled “ready-to-eat” or “pre-washed”.  Research has proven “pre-washed” produce does not need to be rewashed, and washing may actually introduce bacteria.
  6. Leftovers chill faster in shallow containers – aim for 2-inch deep or less.
  7. Bring gravy to a boil when reheating.
  8. Heat all other leftovers to 165 degrees F.
  9. Eat or freeze leftovers within 3-4 days.
  10. Eat or freeze gravy within 2 days.

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