A Guide To Packing Away Those Leftovers

Despite all your loved ones’ best efforts to eat everything in sight, there’s still a bunch of food remaining. Now is the time to strategically pack the food away for a lust-filled reunion at a date yet to be determined. (Probably 9 p.m. or so tonight).

The Mayo Clinic provides guidelines on how to make sure your grub will be good to eat the next time it crosses your path:

* Don’t let meat, turkey and eggs sit at room temperature for longer than two hours.

* Avoid cold leftovers, and reheat your food until its internal temperature rises to 165 degrees.

* If there’s any doubt as to whether food is still good, get rid of it.

Nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting are signs that you’re suffering from food poisoning, in which case you should seek medical attention.

How long can you safely keep leftovers in the refrigerator? [Mayo Clinic]

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