How Long Do Thanksgiving Leftovers Last Before They Go Bad?
If you're still eating leftover turkey sandwiches, then you're playing with fire my friends.
Reason I bring this up is because I totally forgot to pack a lunch with me today and I ran home over the noon hour to find something to eat in the fridge... only all I could find was leftover Thanksgiving containers.
But was it still good? It passed the smell test but do I dare eat anything after 4 1/2-5 days? I decided to Google it and here's what I all found out according to Still Tasty.
Here are six Thanksgiving foods, and how long you can keep them in the fridge before they might make you sick:
- Turkey: 3 to 4 days. If it's cut up and stored in a shallow container, it might last a little longer, but it's risky. After that, you run the risk of getting sick from built-up of bacteria. So either eat it now, freeze it or toss it.
- Homemade gravy: Only a day or two. So no matter if you had it Thursday or Sunday it's definitely time to throw it out.
- Stuffing: 3 to 4 days.
- Mashed potatoes: 3 to 5 days. The same goes for my personal favorite green bean casserole.
- Pumpkin pie: 3 to 4 days. Apple pie lasts a little longer. You can leave it out for 2 days, then put it in the fridge for another two days.
- Cranberry sauce: It's the one Thanksgiving food that DOES keep for a while. The sugar acts as a preservative, so you can leave it in the fridge up to two weeks and still eat it.
So there you go. Trust me, I was just as bummed as you are about tossing a lot of it out. But this saved me a lot of time sitting down and thinking about my (almost) bad decisions... if you know what I mean!