Sometimes using up leftovers can be a challenge, especially after a holiday, like Thanksgiving, where a ton of food is involved. Not only do you have an abundance of turkey, but you also have to consider what to do with all the sides and desserts. However, dealing with leftovers doesn’t have to be a struggle. Here are three simple tips and tricks to help pack and use up leftovers easily and safely.
Pack Leftovers Accordingly
Believe it or not, you should start packing up your leftovers right after Thanksgiving dinner. You might want to spend time with your guests, but you don’t want the food you worked so hard to make to go bad. You’ll want to cut the turkey off the bone two hours after it is taken out of the oven. Pack it in containers and put it in the refrigerator or freezer as soon as possible. When you put turkey leftovers in the refrigerator, you only have four days until it goes bad. If you don’t plan on using them in the next four days, put them in the freezer. Make sure to use frozen leftovers within four months. It tends to lose flavor or dry out. However, if you’re looking for convenience when it comes to packing up leftovers, you can try packing it in meal-sized portions. This is practical and will make using leftovers easier for you in the coming days.
Dish Them Out
Keep the Thanksgiving spirit going by sharing leftovers with your guests. That’s right! You don’t have to keep everything. If you have a ton of leftovers from dinner, you can easily dish them out to your guests. Send them home with an extra meal. It’ll be sure to put a smile on their face and it’s a great way to give thanks to the people you care most about.
Try Different Recipes With Leftovers
One of the easiest ways to use up leftovers is to try out different recipes. Take all of your leftovers and find a couple delicious recipes to try out. Have leftover turkey? Make a big potpie for the family. There is a recipe for every Thanksgiving leftover. So get cooking and use up those Thanksgiving leftovers in the most delicious way ever! Looking for recipes? Check out these recipes from Country Living!
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