We’ve made our way to another traditional holiday meal. But if you don’t handle those leftovers correctly, your family will remember Christmas dinner for all the wrong reasons.

• Always thaw meet in the refrigerator or under cold running water – not at room temperature.

• Make sure your turkey is cooked at the proper temperature which is 165 degrees in the center of the bird.

• After the big meal, refrigerate the leftovers quickly. After your turkey is cooked, it should not be out for more than two hours.