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Food Safety

Make sure leftovers don’t make you sick! Use leftovers within 3-4 days. If you are not sure a food is safe to eat, remember the saying:

“If in doubt, throw it out!”

Whether you take home leftovers from a restaurant or have extra food from a home-cooked meal, it is important to refrigerate and freeze foods properly. Here are some tips on how to keep foods safe:

  • Hand washing is the most important thing you can do to keep yourself from getting sick. Always wash your hands before, during, and after preparing food.
  • Keep your refrigerator at 34 - 40° Fahrenheit. Check the temperature with a refrigerator thermometer. If the temperature of your refrigerator is above 40° Fahrenheit, the food may not be safe. (Germs will grow faster and make foods unsafe to eat when the temperature is above 40° Fahrenheit.) Turn the thermostat down. If the temperature does not stay below 40° Fahrenheit get your refrigerator repaired as soon as possible.
  • Store leftovers in tightly covered containers to prevent germs from getting in.
  • After cooking, refrigerate foods right away. Divide large amounts into smaller portions to help them cool faster.
  • Refrigerate foods you have purchased as soon as possible. Do NOT keep them out for more than 2 hours.
  • Use leftovers within 3-4 days. If you are not sure the food is safe, remember the saying, “If in doubt, throw it out.”
  • Clean the refrigerator regularly to remove spoiled foods and germs that could be passed to other foods.
  • Keep freezers at 0° Fahrenheit or below.


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