Leftovers Good for Wallet and Waistline: Make Sure They're Safe
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leftovers to eat later is a great way to practice portion control and save
money, but it’s important to make sure leftovers are safe to eat according to Home Food Safety,
a collaborative program of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra
our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. Instead of overeating at home or a
restaurant, save part of your meal to eat later,” said registered dietitian and
Academy Spokesperson Melissa Joy Dobbins. “Just make sure you’re storing and
reheating leftovers properly to keep them from making you sick.”
food safety tips in mind when reheating leftovers:
- Refrigerate leftovers to 40 degrees
Fahrenheit or below within two hours of them being served to you. (In hotter
weather over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, refrigerate after one hour.)
- Seal leftovers in an airtight, clean
container, and label it with the expiration date
- Reheat leftovers to 165 degrees
Fahrenheit, and use a food thermometer to make sure all types of food reach the
safe minimum internal temperature throughout before you eat.
- Check on the shelf
life of leftovers and discard when it’s past the
expiration date. When in doubt, throw it out!
you can’t rely on sight and scent alone to tell if food is spoiled or
contaminated with foodborne pathogens,” Dobbins said. “That’s why it’s
important to follow these simple steps, but a majority of Americans do not always
do so, putting them at risk for food poisoning.”
to a 2011
survey conducted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, only 23
percent of Americans always use a food thermometer to check the doneness of
their foods, and only 28 percent regularly check the refrigerator thermometer.
important to properly store and reheat leftovers, whether at home or the
office,” she said. “Encourage your work place to regularly clean the office
refrigerator and ensure it remains under 40 degrees Fahrenheit.”
tips download the new Leftover
Safety tip sheet, and determine the shelf life of
leftovers and more with the free “Is My Food Safe?” app.
Visit www.homefoodsafety.org for more tips on reducing the risk of food
poisoning, including the new, interactive “What Was It?” Quiz.
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The Academy of
Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods’ Home Food Safety program is
dedicated to raising consumer awareness about the seriousness of food poisoning
and providing solutions for easily and safely handling food in their own
kitchens. More information can be found at www.homefoodsafety.org.
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world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy
is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of
dietetics through research, education and advocacy. To locate a registered
dietitian in your area, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.
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