Safe leftovers

New Media Producer: Nick Storm

Thanksgiving dinner may be over, but the increased risk for food poisoning that goes with the holiday is just beginning.

There always seem to be leftovers after a holiday feast. But if they're not cooled and stored properly, you might be at risk for food poisoning.

The important thing is to get those leftovers into smaller containers so they can cool down, and put them into the refrigerator where air can circulate. Don't stack them on top of one another because bacteria will grow.

The American Dietetic Association recommends leftovers be refrigerated within two hours of cooking and be eaten within four days. And follow these guidelines when reheating:

Kathleen Zelman, American Dietetic Association, says, "When you reheat gravy and sauces, you need to put it on the stove and bring it to a boil and hold for about a minute. Other foods, such as leftover stuffing or mashed potatoes and turkey, you need to make it steaming hot and use a thermometer to make sure everything is 165 degrees Fahrenheit."

The ADA says for best quality, frozen leftover meats should be eaten within two months, casseroles and stuffing within one month.