Part of the fun of the holidays is eating the big family meal and enjoying the delicious leftovers. Following some simple rules can keep our food safe.

First, experts say make sure that food does not sit out longer than two hours. It also needs to be chilled appropriately. Whether it's the turkey or a casserole, they say get it into the refrigerator quickly to keep bad bacteria from multiplying.  Another recommendation, put food in airtight containers, because air fuels the bacteria-- so you want to keep that air out.  The temperature of your refrigerator should be set below 40 degrees to ensure that the food will stay safe. You may want to get a thermometer if your refrigerator does not have one.

When it's time to reheat the leftovers, bring the temperature back up to the level needed when cooked the first time. Poultry, for instance, should be cooked at least at 165 degrees. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says people should eat the leftovers within three or four days, and if there is any concerns about safety, don't eat the food, just  throw it out