Leftover lovers unite!

Leftovers aren’t meant to be kept forever – handle them safely to stay healthy.

It is that time of the year where big meals are being prepared and we can feast for days on these wonderful creations; making delicious soups, shepherd pies, hot turkey sandwiches, turkey and cranberry sandwiches and more!

It is important to keep in mind that leftovers are not meant to be kept forever. It is recommended that they be kept only three to four days, and that is if they are refrigerated properly after the original meal. So by the end of the holiday weekend, it is time to pitch what is left.

A suggestion is to refrigerate only the turkey you think you will use in the next few days and store the rest in the freezer, where it will be safe for the next two to six months.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has compiled a list of storage tips for holiday foods; see if you can follow these to keep your family from getting sick due to a foodborne illness:

Following these simple tips will allow you to prepare the wonderful foods you and your family have created. Keeping an eye on time and temperature will help to prevent any foodborne illnesses that may result from food being mishandled. Michigan State University Extension encourages you to take the time to handle food safely from prep work to leftovers, to ensure a healthy holiday season for your family.