Proper food storage tips to avoid food poisoning from holiday leftovers
As Memorial Day festivities, known for delicious meals and barbecues, draw to a close, there is bound to be an abundance of leftovers. If proper food storage practices are not followed, these leftovers can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria and food poisoning.
To ensure the safety of your leftover food, it is crucial to adhere to the following guidelines:
- The Two-Hour Rule: All perishable items should be refrigerated within two hours of being taken out of the oven or refrigerator. However, if you are outdoors and the temperature reaches 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the limit decreases to one hour. After one or two hours, perishable food enters the Danger Zone, which is between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In this temperature range, bacteria can multiply rapidly, posing a risk to food safety. If any foods have been left out for more than two hours, it is advised