Thanksgiving: The day after

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:45:48 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 18 2013 04:01:00 PM EST
Upside-Down Hot Turkey Sandwich Casserole

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Read up: Thanksgiving: What to do the day of

Turkey, meat items: 3-4 days

Notes: On Thanksgiving Day: Remove meat from carcass and layer in shallow pan, no more than 2" deep. Cover and refrigerate within 2 hours after Thanksgiving meal. Leftovers can be frozen and stored 2-6 months.

Stuffing or dressing, Gravy: 1-2 days Freeze leftovers within 24 hours of the meal for later use.

Casseroles (green bean casserole, sweet potato, mashed potatoes): 4-5 days Leftovers can be frozen after 3 days and stored in the freezer 2-6 months.

Cooked Vegetables: 4-5 days

Cranberry sauce, relish: 6 days

Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie: 2 days for best quality, 5 days for food safety Store covered in the refrigerator.

Notes from USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service:

Storing Your Leftovers

  • Discard any turkey, stuffing, and gravy left out at room temperature longer than 2 hours.
  • Divide leftovers into smaller portions. Refrigerate or freeze in covered shallow containers for quicker cooling.
  • Use refrigerated turkey and stuffing within 3 to 4 days. Use gravy within 1 to 2 days.
  • If freezing leftovers, use within 2 to 6 months for best quality.

Reheating Your Turkey

---In the Oven

  • Set the oven temperature no lower than 325 °F.
  • Reheat turkey to an internal temperature of 165 °F. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature.
  • To keep the turkey moist, add a little broth or water and cover.

In the Microwave Oven

  • Cover your food and rotate it for even heating. Allow standing time.
  • Check the internal temperature of your food with a food thermometer to make sure it reaches 165 °F.
  • Consult your microwave oven owner's manual for recommended times and power levels.

Source: http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/11/18/lets-talk-turkey-about-usda-poultry-grades/

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