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Leftover Storage Tips

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The Mr. Food Test Kitchen shares their own food safety and refrigerator leftover storage tips! This easy-to-read chart ensures your own holiday leftovers will be wrapped and put away to be safely enjoyed a second time.

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What To Do:
  1. No food should be allowed to sit out at room temperature for more than two hours (see Note).
  2. Place food into shallow containers, divvying leftovers into smaller or personal-sized portions, and immediately put in the refrigerator or freezer for rapid cooling.
  3. Foods must be kept covered in a refrigerator at the proper safe temperature zone of 38 to 40 degrees F.


Ham, fully cooked 3 to 4 days
Turkey, fully cooked 2 days
Cooked meat & meat casseroles 3 to 4 days
Gravy & meat broth 1 to 2 days
Cooked poultry casseroles 3 to 4 days
Poultry pieces, plain 3 to 4 days
Poultry pieces in broth or gravy 1 to 2 days
Pizza, cooked 3 to 4 days
Stuffing, cooked, outside a bird 1 to 2 days
Cold-cut trays 3 days
Mashed potatoes 1 to 2 days
Cranberry sauce 7 days
Sweet potatoes, cooked 7 days
Pumpkin Pie 2 to 3 days
Eggnog 4 to 5 days after “Sell by” date

This guide refers to a total of two hours during a food’s lifetime, and doesn’t mean two hours every time you take it out of the refrigerator. And, of course, if you have any doubt about whether or not a food is still fresh and safe to eat: Be safe and throw it out.


For a great way to use leftovers, try our Ham Frittata. It's so yummy, nobody'll know it was made with leftovers!


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