Yum… or Yikes…Thanksgiving Leftovers Good For How Long?
Thanksgiving has once again come and gone, now maybe you're lucky enough to have multiple Tupperware filled with delicious leftovers! Turkey, squash and stuffing, always delightful a second time, but how long is too long when snacking on some leftovers...
This is a question I had to ask myself, being a 27 yr old bachelor living by myself, one thing I won't say no to is free food! Luckily I found my answer on WKBW.com, they shared the story on what the proper time frame is for keeping or tossing those holiday favorites. The info given was found on foodsafety.gov. and is broken down below!
Turkey: Assuming you refrigerated the bird within two hours of cooking, as recommended by food safety experts, you shouldn't eat the meat more than three to four days after it was cooked, But leftover turkey can be stored and consumed up to three months after you cooked it if you put it in the freezer. If you cooked the turkey on Thanksgiving and stored the leftovers in the fridge, throw it in the trash by the end of Monday, November 26, at the latest..so hurry up and eat it.
Gravy: If it's homemade, the creamy concoction is OK to eat one to two days after your feast if it's stored in the refrigerator, but it will last two to three months in the freezer.
Stuffing/dressing: If stored properly in the fridge, stuffing or dressing is good to eat up to three to four days after you cooked it. But it'll last about a month in the freezer.
Mashed potatoes, yams and green bean casserole: Your vegetable-based sides are typically good to eat for about three to five days after being cooked if they're stored in the fridge. Their shelf life extends to 10-12 months in the freezer.
Pumpkin pie: Better eat this sweet treat soon — it's only good for three to four days after being cooked if it's stored in the refrigerator. It can last up to two months in the freezer though.
Enjoy those leftovers.. and don't forget Christmas dinner is just a few weeks away, Helloooo more free food! For more food items Click Here!