How To Store Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

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storage containersWe all know that Thanksgiving foods taste even better the next day, but what happens when you would like to send your guests home with food? This Thanksgiving, HelloBeautiful shows you how to properly store leftovers and what containers to use to store them.

Some tips:

* Wash your hands, utensils and work surfaces before and after handling food.

* Refrigerate leftovers immediately.

* Cold food should be stored at 40 degrees or cooler.

* Very hot items can be cooled at room temperature for about 30 minutes prior to being refrigerated.

* Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in covered, shallow containers. Food will cool faster in shallow containers.

* Date leftovers to ensure that they are not stored for too long

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Here are our top 5 containers:

Rubbermaid Premier food storage container

Premier lids snap to bases and other lids so you will not have to search for lids again and nest together to take up less room in your cabinets. $17.99 at rubbermaid.com

Large Food Keepers

These large food keepers are an exceptional option for storing leftovers and dry goods. $5.99-7.49 at the containerstore.com

Crate and Barrel Storage Bowl with Clear Lid

Stackable and perfectly portable, these pint-sized clear glass bowls are ideal for storing and transporting leftovers. $19.95 at crateandbarrel.com

KLIP IT™ .4-Liter Food Storage Containers (Set of 3)

It’s the ultimate food storage solution! Plus, containers are stackable so you can maximize your storage space.$8.99 at bedbathandbeyond.com

Stay Fresh Pie Keeper

Sized to fit a 9-inch pie plate, it is also perfect for protecting your pastries en route. $6.00 at thecontainerstore.com

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