RESTAURANT REPORT: How to store Thanksgiving leftovers safely

Published: Nov. 23, 2016 at 12:49 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2016 at 10:55 PM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Now that your bellies are full of Thanksgiving dinner, we're not going to show you any gross health code violations.

Instead we're going to show you a restaurant that wins our Hall of Fame Award for being perfectly clean.  And we'll show you how to store your Thanksgiving leftovers in a way that would make the Health Department proud.

Every detail is tended to at this Subway restaurant at 7003 Three Chopt Road in Henrico.  We gave it the NBC12 Hall of Fame Award.

"Health is very important," said manager Farkhanda Ghafoori. "They spend good money and they deserve to eat good food and have a clean restaurant."

Known for making fast, healthy sandwiches right in front of customers, this Subway location has earned perfect scores on seven health inspections over the last three years.

"My staff is good. I'm a really tough manager, too," Ghafoori laughs at herself.  "I try to watch everything.  Everything should be perfect for the customers.  When they come, they will see the cleanest restaurant."

In fact, several local Subway restaurants have earned our Hall of Fame Award over the years.

Now that you've enjoyed your Thanksgiving meal, Real Simple offers some little known tips to to store your leftovers and help keep your food safe.

  • Divide leftovers into small, flat containers so that they cool faster. Some bacteria survives the cooking process and can grow if it sits at room temperature long enough.
  • Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of cooking or bacteria can start to grow.
  • Remove the stuffing from the turkey and refrigerate it in a separate container because it may not cool fast enough.
  • Don't overstuff your refrigerator.  Cool air needs to circulate to keep food at a safe temperature.

Now you're ready to enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers (and you would earn good scores if a health inspector looks in your fridge).

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