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Store leftovers the safe way with these tips….

Let’s face it, the only thing better than a roast, mashed potatoes, stuffing and veggies, is the leftovers the next day that can sometimes last through a whole week.

While leftovers are a delicious holiday tradition, it is important to store and handle them properly to avoid contamination. Here are a few tips for healthy leftovers:

  1. It is unsafe to store food in large amounts that can’t cool quickly enough. Immediately after your meal, remove stuffing from the turkey cavity and refrigerate the stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and other vegetables in separate shallow containers for quick cooling in the refrigerator.
  2. Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared foods and leftovers as soon as possible after serving.
  3. Do not over-pack the refrigerator. Cool air should circulate around the containers to keep food safe. Cut turkey into thin slices and store separately from stuffing, gravy and vegetables in shallow containers.
  4. Use refrigerated leftover turkey and stuffing within three days; gravy within one to two days.
  5. Do not cross-contaminate. Never place cooked food in a container that previously held raw meat, poultry or seafood.
  6. Check the refrigeration temperature. It is important to keep the fridge at one to four degrees Celsius at all times.
  7. Reheat any leftovers thoroughly to a temperature of 74 degrees Celsius or until hot and steaming.

So what happens when you would like to send your guests home with food? For extra security when they’re on the move with their fare, look no further than Rubbermaid Lock-Its containers. With built in rubberised seal and four locking tabs, Rubbermaid Lock-Its lids will stay securely on the container. For neat and organised cabinet storage, the lids also snap to the base and to each other so you can always find the right lid.