After every Thanksgiving feast, there are plenty of leftovers. Follow these tips from PealPoint’s own registered dietitian, Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN to make storing holiday leftovers safe and easy.
- Plan how you are going to handle leftovers as you plan your menu.
- Enlist help in cleaning up after the holiday meal.
- Store food within 1-2 hours of serving.
- Work to store the meats and casseroles first.
- Divide large dishes into small containers to quickly chill or freeze.
- Give guests a container or two of food to take home after the dinner.
- Have extra ice on hand in case your refrigerator goes out.
- Keep cold foods cold at 40 degrees or less and hot foods hot 140 degrees or more.
- Get back to your nutrition plan right after the holiday meal. Holidays are a free day, not a free week.
- Seek medical help if you have symptoms of food-borne illness such as fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. As a cancer survivor, with a weakened immune system, a food borne illness can be a medical emergency in a matter of hours.
Need something tasty to make with all the leftover turkey and veggies? Try this Turkey Pot Pie with Cornbread Crust from the American Institute for Cancer Research.
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