Experts say safely put away leftovers this holiday season - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Experts say safely put away leftovers this holiday season

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Karen Willis is visiting family for Thanksgiving. But leftovers aren't being eaten around the house until she's sure they were put away correctly.

"We sealed it up. When we got ready to eat again, we made sure it was heated at the right temperature."

Medical experts said Willis did the right thing. She sealed up her leftovers and made sure the food was put away correctly before reheating it. But many people don't and they said that's not a chance you want to take on Thanksgiving food.

Liz Weinandy, RD, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, said," They've got protein, they've got moisture. These are prime foods for bacterial growth."

So how can you keep leftovers safe and make sure you don't get sick? Experts said one way; make sure you store foods like gravy and stuffing separate from the turkey.

Weinandy said, "Also make sure you're getting your food items into shallow dishes. Ideally two inches or less."

Willis said she knows; when in doubt, don't eat leftovers cold.

"I know it has to be a certain temperature. Germs can grow. You should heat it up. You really should heat it up."

Experts said ideally, you want to use your turkey with 3-4 days. Gravy and stuffing will last one to two days. Other food items, like vegetables, will usually last a week.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Trump welcomes wife home in tweet that misspells her name

    Trump welcomes wife home in tweet that misspells her name

    Saturday, May 19 2018 10:46 AM EDT2018-05-19 14:46:23 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:05 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:05:20 GMT
    Melania Trump is back at the White House after an extended hospitalization for a kidney procedure. (Source: Susan Walsh/AP Photos)Melania Trump is back at the White House after an extended hospitalization for a kidney procedure. (Source: Susan Walsh/AP Photos)

    Melania Trump is back at the White House after an extended hospitalization for a kidney procedure.

    More >>

    Melania Trump is back at the White House after an extended hospitalization for a kidney procedure.

    More >>
  • US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

    US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-05-20 15:21:26 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:05 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:05:04 GMT
    (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File). FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against IS, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. The Trump administration will keep open the Stat...(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File). FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against IS, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. The Trump administration will keep open the Stat...

    The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six month more months.

    More >>

    The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six month more months.

    More >>
  • Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

    Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:41 AM EDT2018-05-20 10:41:19 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 1:04 PM EDT2018-05-20 17:04:09 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia). Pope Francis asperges holy water as he celebrates a Pentecost mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 20, 2018.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia). Pope Francis asperges holy water as he celebrates a Pentecost mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 20, 2018.

    Pope Francis has announced that he will make 14 new cardinals next month, among them his chief aide for helping homeless people.

    More >>

    Pope Francis has announced that he will make 14 new cardinals next month, among them his chief aide for helping homeless people.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly