Leftovers and Food Safety

mmmm….Thanksgiving Dinner.  We all want to try and savor
it as long as possible. And for we frugal cooks, that means
keeping every bit of leftovers we can gather from the once
a year feast for future meals.  Leftovers and food safety go hand in hand, so read here to learn the keys to keeping your family safe!
Here at One Ash, we will bowl, bag, refrigerate and freeze 
everything that is left so that it can either be eaten over the next
day or so, or frozen for future use. But did you know that your
leftovers need to be in the fridge within 2 hours of being cooked
to ensure their safety?  And that refrigerated leftovers should be consumed within 3-4 days?  All leftovers should be stored in shallow containers, allowing them to cool or freeze as quickly as possible to prevent the growth of bacteria. 

1 in 6 Americans (about 48 million people) get sick from foodborne
illness each year. This results in about 128,000 hospitalizations and 3000 deaths. 
By following some basic Food Safety guidelines
you can keep your family safe and healthy. 
No matter how you save your leftovers, it’s crucial to follow
food safety guidelines when re-heating or re-using those items.
Here are some great tips on how to keep your family safe!
This guide from Food Safety.gov is colorful and a great tool for teaching all of your

family members about Food Safety-  www.foodsafety.gov

As a nationally certified Food Safety Manager, I have learned the importance of food safety through training and courses.  But I don’t want to learn any more about it from personal experience, so I make sure that my family is following these guidelines. 

I hope you will take a few minutes to review and read these guidelines so
that you can make sure that no one in your family is one of the statistics
for foodborne illness!

If you need the proper storage containers to help keep your leftovers safe, click here for ideas


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