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Part of the fun of the holidays is eating the big family meal and enjoying the delicious leftovers. Following some simple rules can keep your food safe.

For starters, make sure you don't leaveit sitting out longer than two hours and make sure you chill it appropriately as well.

Whether it's turkey or a casserole, get it into the refrigerator quickly to keep bad bacteria from multiplying.

Put your food in airtight containers because air fuels bacteria.

The temperature of your refrigerator should be set below 40 degrees to ensure that the food will stay safe. You may want to get a thermometer if your fridge does not have one. And when it's time to reheat the leftovers, bring the temperature back up to the level needed when cooked the first time.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says we should eat the leftovers within 3-4 days, and if you have concerns about safety, when in doubt throw it out.

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