One in six Americans becomes ill with food related disease each year, which is why it is so important to handle your Thanksgiving leftovers properly.  

Preventive steps to avoid this should start almost immediately. On Thanksgiving Day itself, refrigerate your leftovers within two hours of cooking.  

When putting leftovers away, you should also divide the food into smaller portions, especially the turkey.  Refrigerate the food in tightly-covered containers. Never store any remaining stuffing inside of the turkey--separate them into different containers. Refrigerated leftovers should be eaten within three to four days. Unless you're freezing the leftovers, then they can last anywhere from two to six months. 

When reheating your food, make sure that the temperature reaches at least 165 degrees, measured with a food thermometer.  This is all key to avoiding foodborne illnesses like E.Coli and salmonella.

We spoke to several northern Nevadans to see what kinds of dishes they make with their own Thanksgiving leftovers, and how they keep their food safe. Click the video above to see their stories.   

To learn more about leftover food safety, click here