Did you know that vultures don’t get food poisoning from old meat? You aren’t a vulture, meaning you are very susceptible to being poisoned by food. Now that Thanksgiving is over and you’ve feasted to the point of stuffed, you may be wondering just how long you can enjoy those leftovers.
For most people, a telltale sign of food gone bad is a foul smell or slimy coating. These two things are clear indicators that bacteria has settled in and food has turned dangerous for consumption. That said, meat behaves one way and other foods in a completely different manner. If your mashed potatoes and stuffing start to turn, you may not know it until it’s too late.
Preventing yourself or your guests from getting food poisoning should always be an obvious goal for anyone that is hosting or catering an event. If you give a visitor to your home food poisoning and its serious enough to warrant medical attention, you could be opening yourself up to potential liability. Here’s what you need to know about the portion of your feast still sitting in the fridge.
It may be too late for you to follow these tips, but you can always use them for next time. There are right ways and wrong ways to store your Thanksgiving leftovers. Food should be in separate containers. You may be tempted to store “meals” in sealed containers, but your foods will go bad at different speeds. Storing them together is a mistake unless you plan on reheating them within a few hours.
When putting food containers in the fridge, make sure that you don’t stack them too tightly. Your fridge needs to be able to circulate air. It can’t do that if it is filled wall to wall with plastic containers. Speaking of your refrigerator, make sure that the temperature is correct. Your food needs to be kept under 40 degrees Fahrenheit so set your refrigerator’s temperature accordingly.
Your food is generally safe for up to four days provided it has been stored properly. Thanksgiving is on a Thursday every year. Any food that isn’t eaten by Monday should be thrown away.
When you decide you want a bit more turkey, make sure you are heating it to the right temperature. It needs to be reheated to above 140 degrees. The same can be said for all of your leftovers unless they are meant to be cold.
If you have frozen any of your leftovers, don’t thaw them on the counter. Let them thaw in the refrigerator so they remain as cold as necessary before you decide to reheat them. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with enjoying your Thanksgiving meal through the weekend, but you’ve got to do it safely.
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