Summary: Turkey leftovers have a brief shelf life. Discover how long turkey, stuffing, and gravy are safe to eat.
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Under certain conditions refrigerated turkey leftovers last 3-4 days.
More Info: Refrigerated turkey and stuffing leftovers that were stored before sitting too long at room temperature are safe to consume within 3-4 days. Gravy should be consumed within 1-2 days. Frozen leftovers are best if consumed within 2-6 months.
Leisurely Dinners Make for Dangerous Leftovers
Because a big meal such as a turkey dinner with all of the fixings takes so long to prepare, serve, and enjoy, the food can sit for great lengths of time after it has finished cooking. Leftovers are safe to store and consume only if they have been sitting at room temperature for more than two hours. In hotter weather over 90°F, leftovers should not be stored if they have been sitting for more than one hour.
Even if you have a lot of turkey or a large amount of stuffing leftover, avoid putting each in its own container. Instead, divide and store the leftovers in a variety of small containers so that they will cool down more quickly.
Next Day Guest Appetizers
Perfect for houseguests or simply a snack on the go, make use of all of the leftovers including the rolls and cranberry sauce by whipping up a batch of Thanksgiving mini's.
Heat the leftover rolls, cut, and layer on turkey, stuffing, and a layer of cranberry sauce. Heat up the leftover gravy for a dipping sauce and enjoy!