Food safety when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers

If you still have Thanksgiving leftovers, it's time to finish them off or throw them out.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports the following:

  • Cooked turkey should be eaten within three to four days.
  • Stuffing and gravy will last up to two days.
  • Casseroles and cooked vegetables will be good up to three or four days.
  • Fruit and cream pies should be eaten within two to three days.
  • Frozen leftovers last longer. For example, meat lasts up to three months in a freezer.

The academy also notes leftovers should be reheated to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit and stored in shallow containers, about 2 inches deep, so the food cools evenly and quickly in the fridge.

If you are unsure about the quality of some food, officials say, "when in doubt, throw it out."

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