Leftovers are great but only if you follow some safety tips

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Enjoy those holiday leftovers, but make sure to follow some safety rules.

Make sure to not leave food sitting out longer than two hours. Be sure to always chill specific items appropriately.

Use airtight containers because air fuels the bacteria which can grow quickly and cause illness.

The temperature of your refrigerator should be set below 40 degrees to ensure the food will stay safe.

When reheating those leftovers bring the temperature back up to the level needed when cooked the first time. If it is poultry make sure it is at least 165 degrees.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says you should eat those leftovers within 3-4 days.

If you have any concerns about the food’s safety, it is best to throw it away.