Are the Leftovers Safe to Eat?

Featured Article,Healthy Recipes and Nutrition
November 17, 2011

Find out how long that turkey leg and green bean casserole keep.

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For some people, leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving. But how long—really——does that turkey last? Can you continue to work away at that pot of mashed potatoes 2, 3, even 5 days later? Check out this list of traditional Turkey Day dishes and their average refrigerator shelf life so you know when to partake, and when to toss.

Remember to promptly refrigerate leftovers—no need to wait until they cool—and reheat gravies and soups to steaming. 


Sour cream dip (or other dairy-based dips) 

          — Homemade — 2 days

          — Commercial, opened — 1 week 

Turkey — 3 to 4 days

Gravy — 1 to 2 days

Stuffing — 3 to 4 days

Mashed potatoes — 3 to 5 days

Sweet potatoes or yams — 3 to 5 days

Green bean casserole — 3 to 5 days

Pumpkin pie — 3 to 4 days

Apple pie — 4 to 5 days

Cranberry sauce — 10 to 14 days





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