DALLAS - The holidays mean food, food and more food and that usually adds up to lots of leftovers. But none of that leftover goodness matters if it gets you sick in the form of food poisoning. So here are a few tips to make sure that doesn`t happen.
Number one, make sure you don`t leave the food sitting out for more than a couple hours; remember the fridge is your friend. Also check that the fridge is set to below 40 degrees so that the food stays safe.
Next, put the leftovers in airtight containers because when it comes to spoiling your food, air and bacteria are a match made in heaven.
When reheating it`s suggested to bring the temp back up to the level needed when the meal was cooked the first time, for example the ideal temperature for chicken is 165 degrees.
Finally, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says any leftovers should be eaten within 3 to 4 days but if you have any doubts err on the side of caution and just throw it out.
You don`t want to ring in the New Year making sick calls because of a different kind of fireworks.