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Can You Freeze Thanksgiving Leftovers?

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Along with friends, family and an excuse to break out your best dishes, Thanksgiving dinner brings a surplus of food that almost always results in leftovers. Good news: You can freeze you’re leftovers!

How to Freeze Leftover Turkey

If you have leftover turkey, you’ll be pleased to know that this poultry freezes well. Separate the bones from the meat and package it in your freezer-safe containers. The United States Food and Drug Administration states you can store poultry dishes frozen for four to six months. Remember that the longer you leave in the freezer, the more flavors it may lose.

Freezer Lifespans

Cooked poultry dishes: 4 to 6 months

Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Side Dishes

Stuffing can be frozen for about a month, note the texture might be different once thawed. Green bean casserole with fried onions won’t freeze well, so eat those leftovers ASAP. Sides made of squash or sweet potatoes along with non-dairy gravy will keep for a few months in the freezer. Mashed potatoes made with butter or cream can also be frozen for up to a year.

Freezer Lifespans

Stuffing: About 1 month

Sides of squash or sweet potatoes: 2 to 3 months

Non-dairy gravies: 2 to 3 months

Mashed potatoes with butter or cream: 12 months


How to Freeze Pies

These sweet treats are usually gobbled up fast and rarely have any left to be frozen, but it helps to know that chiffon fillings, custard, creams or mouse will not freeze well. Fruit pies, on the other hand, freeze very well for up to four months. And while pies with egg binders — pumpkin or pecan — will keep for about two months, they may never have the same texture.

Freezer Lifespans

Fruit pies: 4 months

Pumpkin and pecan pies: 2 months


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