How Long to Keep Thanksgiving Leftovers

By Melissa Moore on November 24, 2023
circa 1955: A Thanksgiving turkey comes to the table watched by the family. (Photo by Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images)

Thanksgiving is over and now you’re wondering about those leftovers sitting in the refrigerator.  Be safe and don’t just rely on look and smell.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Turkey – Lasts four days in the fridge; four months in the freezer. Best stored by cutting into small pieces and keeping in small containers

Gravy – Lasts four days in the fridge; four months in the freezer. Best reheated by bringing to a rolling boil. Cover to heat

Cranberry Sauce – Lasts seven to ten days in the fridge. Freezing not recommended

Potatoes and Yams – Lasts four days in the fridge; two months in the freezer

Stuffing – Lasts four days in the fridge; three months in the freezer

Pies – Best stored at room temperature for up to two days. Can be stored in the fridge loosely covered for two additional days

All Leftovers – Refrigerate within two hours at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Reheat to 165 degrees Fahrenheit

Be safe & Happy Holidays!

Melissa 

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