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Health Tip: Preparing Leftovers

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Health Tip: Preparing Leftovers

(HealthDay News) -- Taking food home from a restaurant or storing the excess from last night's dinner isn't worth it if the food makes you sick.

The website offers these guidelines for safe preparation of leftovers:

  • Keep leftovers in shallow storage containers.

  • If freezing, do so within two hours of cooking.

  • Eat all refrigerated leftovers within four days, or throw them out.

  • Eat frozen leftovers within four months.

  • Make sure all leftovers are thoroughly reheated before eating.