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Dietitians give tips on how to prepare holiday leftovers

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During the holidays, some of us like to over cook and over eat but still end up with leftovers.

Western Mass News looked into how to eat those leftovers safely to prevent food poisoning.

Part of the fun of the holidays is eating the big family meal and enjoying the delicious left overs. Following some simple rules can keep our food safe

For starters, make sure that you don't leave it sitting out longer than two hours and make sure to chill it appropriately as well.

Whether that's the turkey or a casserole, get it into the refrigerator quickly to keep bad bacteria from multiplying.

Also remember to put your food in airtight containers because air fuels the bacteria.

The temperature of your refrigerator should be set below 40 degrees to ensure that the food will stay safe. You may want to get a thermometer if your refrigerator does not have one.   

When it's time to reheat the leftovers, bring the temperature back up to the level needed when cooked the first time.  

You'll want to make sure the poultry is at least at 165.  

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics say we should eat the leftovers within 3 to 4 days. If you have any concerns about safety, if in doubt throw it out.

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