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.
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.
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.
Fruit pies: 4 months
Pumpkin and pecan pies: 2 months
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