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Holiday Leftover Safety Tips

Below are just a few simple Holiday leftover tips.  If you have any additional tips please feel free to add using the comments button below.  Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Use Refrigerator Thermometer to make sure refrigerator is set at 40 degrees F or lower.
  • Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of purchase or use.
  • Never defrost at room temperature. Thaw food in containers in the refrigerator. For quick thaw, submerge in cold water in an airtight container.
  • Separate large amounts of leftovers into small shallow containers for quicker cooling.
  • Avoid overstuffing your refrigerator. Cold air must circulate to keep food safe.
  • Hot food can be placed directly into the refrigerator, but it must be divided into shallow to allow for quicker cooling.
  • Refrigeration DOES NOT prevent bacterial growth!

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4 Responses to Holiday Leftover Safety Tips

  1. Brandie @ The Home Office Organizer December 1, 2008 at 12:51 am #

    Great tips! Scott’s idea about cooling the container first is also fab. Thanks!

  2. Carolyn at Wellrich for Business November 27, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    These are great tips. Thanks and have a peaceful Thanksgiving from a colleague north of the 49th.

  3. Jim Deitzel November 25, 2008 at 2:17 pm #

    I too am going out to eat. Good tip though.

  4. Scott Roewer aka declutteryou.com November 25, 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    One additional tip – If you need to put hot food away, submerge the food storage container in cool water to lower the temperature faster. Putting warm food in the refrigerator will raise the over all air temperature and may cause bacteria growth.
    There will be no over stuffing my refrigerator this year. We’re going OUT to eat!

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