When To Toss The Turkey Leftovers

 (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Leftovers are the gifts that keep on giving days after Thanksgiving is done. It’s been almost a week since, and for some dishes prepared the night before, it has been a week of refrigerator residency. Maybe it’s time to toss the turkey, or is it?

We really got into a debate this morning about when the turkey should be tossed. Self-proclaimed germ-phobe Tony was done Monday. Julie also tossed her leftovers on Monday. However, John is still munching on turkey sandwiches; he says he can go for weeks of leftovers as long as it passes the sight and smell test.

Julie pointed us to an article from Ohio’s NBC 4 about the safety of leftovers. Dr. Phil Berger, not to be confused with TV therapist Dr. Phil McGraw, gives some food facts about those leftovers.

He says that many Thanksgiving dishes are left sitting out on the day, and anything left sitting unrefrigerated for more than 2 hours could be a hazard. When you reheat your dishes, make sure the internal temperature comes up to 165 degrees. Sauces and gravy need to come up to a boil. All leftovers should be consumed within 3 days or frozen.


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