How Long are Thanksgiving Leftovers Good For? (Includes Printable Chart)

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Satisfy your holiday food cravings year-round by properly refrigerating and freezing your Turkey Day favorites. Here's how long Thanksgiving leftovers are good for.

It’s that time of year again: wandering through pumpkin patches, bundling up in scarves and whipping out trusted Thanksgiving recipes, like pecan pie. There’s nothing like cooking up a full Thanksgiving feast for your family—and having plenty of leftovers for weeks to come. How long are Thanksgiving leftovers good more? Long enough, if you follow this advice:

Leftover Type
 Stored in Fridge 
Stored in Freezer
 Cooked Turkey 3-4 days 2-3 months
Raw Turkey 1-2 days 1 year
Gravy 1-2 days 2-3 months
Green Bean Casserole 4 days N/A
Cranberry Sauce 2 weeks 2 months
Mashed Potatoes/Yams 5 days 1 year
Pumpkin Pie 4 days 2 months
Apple Pie 3 days 2 months
Bread 5 days 3 months
Stuffing 4 days 1 month
Wine 3-5 days 2 months

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Turkey Leftovers

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A leftover Thanksgiving turkey lasts for three to four days in the fridge and two to three months in the freezer. Just make sure you carve your turkey off the bone first. We like adding a splash of gravy to the meat to help retain moisture.

Grabbed an extra turkey that you didn’t use? You can store raw thawed turkey in the fridge for one to two days and in the freezer for up to a year. But if your turkey (cooked or raw) has a slimy film or a strong odor, pitch it. It’s better safe than sorry!

Gravy Leftovers

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Gravy doesn’t have a very long refrigerator shelf life: just one to two days, although it keeps two to three months in the freezer. We recommend storing it in either an airtight container or in an ice cube tray. To achieve a flavor that evokes fresh Thanksgiving Day memories, bring the gravy to a boil on the stove before serving. This only refers to homemade gravy—like this foolproof gravy recipe.

Green Bean Casserole Leftovers

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Creamy green bean casseroles will last about four days in the fridge. Since most recipes contain dairy, crunchy fried onions and green beans that have been cooked multiple times, we don’t recommend freezing this casserole (but here are a few casseroles you can freeze!).

Cranberry Sauce Leftovers

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Stored in a plastic or glass container, your cranberry sauce will last for up to two weeks in the fridge. We recommend storing it in an airtight container or a glass jar. Or you can store it in the freezer to last up to two months. While this certainly applies to the store-bought variety, there’s nothing quite as good as our favorite cranberry sauce.

Mashed Potato and Yam Leftovers

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Whichever you prefer, you’ll be able to keep mashed potatoes or yams in the fridge for up to five days or up to a year in the freezer. However, this doesn’t apply to ones that you bake—they won’t fare as well in the freezer. Before storing, place in a clean container separate from the one you served at dinner.

Pumpkin Pie Leftovers

Traditional Pumpkin PieTaste of HomeJust because Thanksgiving is over doesn’t mean pumpkin pie season is. If you can resist eating the whole pie after dinner, leave it in the fridge for up to four days, or you can freeze it for up to two months (be sure to follow these pie freezing tips while you’re at it). Be aware that the texture might change after freezing, but the flavor should stay the same. Of course, we’re fairly certain that with one of these pumpkin pie recipes, you won’t have leftovers.

Apple Pie Leftovers

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Pies aren’t created equally, especially when it comes to how you treat leftovers. Apple pie will only last up to three days in the fridge and two months in the freezer. To make sure it retains its sweetness and crispness, wrap it tightly with either plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or secure it in a plastic bag.

Bread Leftovers

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Though bread can last up to five days in the fridge, storing it there is not recommended and can leave it stale. If you’re not going to eat it immediately, you can keep it in the freezer for up to three months. Like freezing any leftovers, don’t forget to add the date on your bread before freezing. Be sure to follow our other bread freezing tips, too.

Stuffing Leftovers

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The USDA does not recommend refrigerating turkey with stuffing inside, as it wouldn’t reach a safe temperature when reheated. After it’s removed from the turkey, however, your stuffing can have another life in sandwiches or just as a snack. It will last for up to four days in the fridge and a month in the freezer. Check out our leftover stuffing recipes for inspiration.

Wine Leftovers

Sweet Port Dessert Wine ready to DrinkBrent Hofacker/ShutterstockHave a few too many open bottles lying around? If you’re anything like us, you know wine should never go to waste. Both white and red can last three to five days in the fridge, but you can freeze it for up to two months. Thawed wine is safe to drink, but the flavor might change; we recommend cooking these recipes that use wine up. If your leftover wine is giving off a vinegar-like smell, pour it out.

How to Reheat Thanksgiving Leftovers

Leftovers should be cooled down as quickly as possible and reheated only once. While the food will still be safe to eat, the more you put it through reheating, the more taste and texture it will lose. Our trick? Divide each item into individual servings before storing. From reheating the big bird to the stuffing, here’s how to reheat Thanksgiving leftovers.

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