Your Health: Storing Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Story Updated: Nov 25, 2011

You may not be able to eat another bite after you've finished your big Thanksgiving dinner. But, in no time at all, those leftovers are going to look mighty good.

Properly storing your food is important to make sure it's still fresh when you're ready for round two.

The Thanksgiving turkey can be a tasty and healthy meal for days or even weeks to come if it's stored properly.

Chef Boo Wells from the Farm House Kitchen says food shouldn't be left out for more than two hours, and she has advice for putting it away:

"If you're going to refrigerate it, it's safe for up to four days in your refrigerator. If you're going to freeze it, you have two to six months."

"It's better to use it up in two months, because it's that much fresher," she added.

Wells says leftovers should be labeled, so you can know what it is and how long it has been there.

She also says food should be cooled before it's covered and stored.

And remember, pies can spoil too. That's why Wells says they should also be refrigerated.

Follow these hints and whether your leftovers are used for a turkey sandwich, turkey divan or even if you choose to make stock for turkey soup, your food will not only taste good, it will also be safe.
 

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