Safe Storage of Leftovers

Posted at: 11/26/2012 4:46 PM
Updated at: 11/26/2012 5:32 PM

The Thanksgiving meal brings family time and plenty of leftovers to be enjoyed. But what should you do with all that food?  Eating Thanksgiving leftovers shouldn't include getting sick because your food spoiled. ABC's Dr. Timothy Johnson explains in this Medical Minute.

Thanksgiving dinner is a meal that really keeps on giving, but there's danger lurking in those leftovers.

Some 400,000 Americans come down with food-borne illnesses such as pain, vomiting, and diarrhea after Thanksgiving.

Experts say follow this formula: 2 hours -- 2 inches -- 4 days:

It is also best to remove the turkey meat from the bone, store stuffing separately and keep your refrigerator at 36 to 38 degrees.

Wash cutting boards, kitchen surfaces, and your hands after handling food.

Finally, remember one rule of thumb: when in doubt -- throw it out.