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What is the Safest Way to Handle Ready-Prepared Turkey Dinners?

If your dinner is picked up or delivered hot, keep the food hot—at or above 140 degrees Fahrenheit for up to two hours. It's not a good idea to try to keep food hot for more than two hours.

If it will be more than two hours before your dinner will be served, store the food in the refrigerator. Remove stuffing from the turkey, divide the turkey into smaller pieces and refrigerate in shallow containers. Be sure to reheat thoroughly to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Reheating a whole cooked turkey is not recommended.

If cooked and refrigerated, keep cold food cold. Refrigerate immediately upon arriving at home—always within two hours. Serve the meal within two days.

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