· Store leftovers in shallow containers: The faster leftovers can cool, the better, because they spend less time in the Temperature Danger Zone. The best way to decrease the cooling time for leftovers is to store them in shallow pans or containers, which decreases the surface area of the food that needs to cool. Also, leftover turkey should be cut into smaller pieces, to decrease its surface area, too.
· Store stuffing apart from the turkey: Stuffing can be cooked inside the turkey, but once cooking is done, the dressing needs to be separated from the turkey. If the turkey and stuffing are stored together, there is a risk of salmonella bacteria contaminating the stuffing. Storing the items separately in shallow containers is the only way to assure proper food safety.
For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians.