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10 Tips On How To Handle Holiday Leftovers

By Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDCES November 24, 2014Pearls of Wisdom Blog

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.

  1. Plan how you are going to handle leftovers as you plan your menu.
  2. Enlist help in cleaning up after the holiday meal.
  3. Store food within 1-2 hours of serving.
  4. Work to store the meats and casseroles first.
  5. Divide large dishes into small containers to quickly chill or freeze.
  6. Give guests a container or two of food to take home after the dinner.
  7. Have extra ice on hand in case your refrigerator goes out.
  8. Keep cold foods cold at 40 degrees or less and hot foods hot 140 degrees or more.
  9. Get back to your nutrition plan right after the holiday meal. Holidays are a free day, not a free week.
  10. 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.

Learn more about food safety.

Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDCES

Author Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDCES

Nutrition Educator Margaret Martin is a Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist in the State of Tennessee as well as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Margaret graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and received her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science & Public Health from the University of Tennessee. With more than 10 years of experience in Clinical Nutrition, Margaret has also worked in the insurance industry with WellPoint Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield providing telephonic nutrition consultations, service assistance, and web-based nutrition education. In her free time Margaret volunteers with the American Lung Association’s annual “Lung Force Walk" in Middle Tennessee. She belongs to the Oncology Nutrition & Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Groups of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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