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How to Store Leftover Turkey and Fixings

Have you ever been to a Thanksgiving turkey dinner, where there wasn't plenty of leftovers? From turkey and stuffing, to mashed potatoes and squash, there’s plenty of food to store away in a safe manner. Like any other food, turkey, stuffing and gravy needs to be handled properly, to avoid food poisoning.

Here’s how:

  • After removing your turkey form the oven, it should be refrigerated within two hours. Left at room temperatures, harmful bacteria almost immediately begins to grow and multiply.
  • Wrap up and refrigerate turkey, stuffing, gravy, and all other foods within this two hour timeframe. If you are busy, you can wrap and refrigerate all the leftovers of each item. Later, you can separate it into amounts later for guests  to take home, or for freezing.
  • Remember to immediately remove stuffing from the turkey.
  • Leftovers kept in the refrigerator is good for:
    • Turkey: 3-4 days
    • Stuffing: 1-2 days
    • Gravy: 1-2 days
  • Turkey, stuffing and gravy can be frozen for longer term storage. To avoid freezer burn, wrap all foods tightly, or use air tight containers.
  • It is recommended to store turkey leftovers in the freezer for up to one month.

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