One of the best things about Thanksgiving is a fridge stocked with mouth-watering leftovers. But how long can you safely graze on them? Find out below, then try these memorable 10 recipes that will transform those leftovers into delicious, inspired new meals.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Storage Tips
—According to the USDA, cut leftover turkey into small pieces; refrigerate stuffing, turkey, sides, and sauces separately in shallow, airtight containers within two hours of cooking. Smaller, shallow containers help foods cool faster. Your refrigerator should be set to 40 degrees or below to ensure safe storage.
—Eat refrigerated leftovers within four days, says Mayoclinic.com. If you don’t think you’ll finish the leftovers by then, freeze them immediately.
—If freezing leftovers, use within two to six months, says the USDA.
10 Great Leftovers Recipes
—Joy of Cooking Recipe: Becker Leftover Turkey Hash (Joy of Cooking)
—Day After Thanksgiving Casserole (HuffPost Food)
—Mashed Potato Fluffs (The Kitchn)
—Turkey Pot Pie (Paula Deen)
—Vietnamese-Style Salad Rolls (Catherine Newman for Family.com)
—Turkey Curry (Mark Bittman)
—Grilled Turkey Hash with Red Wine Glaze (Mark Bittman)
—Pecan and Sweet Potato Bread (Chowhound)
—Quick Cassoulet (TheWednesdayChef.com)
—Turkey Mulligatawny Soup (Williams-Sonoma: Soups and Stews)
Photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma