Health Experts Provide Food Safety Tips For Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thursday, November 26th 2020, 11:17 am
By: Kelsey Kernstine

Like a lot of us, you may have cooked way too much food and there's a lot of leftovers to be eaten especially with many of you doing a virtual Thanksgiving this year.

Health care professionals said to make sure to toss out your food if it's left out too long.

"After two hours that turkey breast or ham you cooked or whatever meat you cooked - starts to have a risk of developing infection,” Rachel Franklin with OU Health said.

Make sure to toss out your casseroles that have been left out for more than two hours.

It's even safe to even put hot food in the fridge.

If you are storing your food this year - ham can be stored up to a week and turkey can last up to one to two days. All other leftovers should be thrown away after three to four days. And of course health care professionals urge you to follow COVID-19 restrictions this holiday.

"Health care workers are hoping Thanksgiving dinners doesn't turn into Christmas funerals. As sad as that is to say-- it takes about a month from the time people get exposed that we start seeing the deaths,” Franklin said.