Leftovers are the 2nd best part of Thanksgiving…right behind the first time you enjoy the meal! Since this holiday guest list may be shorter than other years, we want to make sure your abundance of leftovers are enjoyed safely.
According to the USDA, leftovers should be stored within two hours of cooking. Then, they can be kept there for three to four days. After this period, leftovers can lose flavor and become unsafe to eat. This means that you have until Monday after Thanksgiving to eat the leftovers or to freeze them. When leftovers are frozen, they are good for two to six months depending on the specific food. Always check frozen food for evidence of freezer burn or degradation after defrosting, reheating and before consumption.
One of our favorite easy Thanksgiving leftover recipes to make is a “leftover sandwich”. This is a delicious way to make the most out of your leftovers. Simply cut a dinner roll in half, pile in cranberry, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and whatever else your heart desires. Then, reheat the sandwich or toast like a grilled cheese to ensure it is as warm and yummy as your original feast.
This diverse sandwich option can be created on smaller dinner rolls and served as “sliders” or on a larger bread as a full sandwich. No matter how you choose to implement this idea, we know it will be a great way to use your leftovers!