Thanksgiving may be over, but many Americans have plenty of remaining turkey, green beans, fill and pie. What should you…
Thanksgiving may be over, but many Americans have plenty of remaining turkey, green beans, fill and pie.
What should you do with them?
Americans throw out billions of dollars of unleavened food every year – $ 293 million happens with Thanksgiving turkey alone, according to government duties. People are expected to throw away about 200 million pounds of turkey during their vacation, found the Natural Resources Defense Council, a New York-based non-profit organization.
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Not all Thanksgiving remnants have to end in the trash. Here’s how long Thanksgiving leftovers exceed:
The left turkey should be chilled within two hours of cooking to prevent bacteria from growing, according to Foodsafety.gov. The residues should be left in solid pans in the refrigerator so that they cool down faster or in ice-cold or frozen ice packs if they travel for more than two hours. Take the meat off the legs before cooling and do not leave the filling inside the turkey.
Thanksgiving turkey should not be consumed more than three or four days after the holiday, according to Foodsafety.gov. To extend the time, leave leftovers in the freezer, where they can take two to six months.
Turkey freezing with sauce will keep it moist, Allrecipes.com said that although food tends to lose its taste and consistency after long periods in the freezer.
• Homemade sauce can be left in the refrigerator for one to two days, or two to three months in the freezer, according to Stilltasty.com, an online guide to shelf.
• Cranberry sauce is good for 1
0 to 14 days in the fridge and one to two months in the freezer.
• Cooked filling can be in the refrigerator for three to four days or a month in the freezer.
• Mashed potatoes, yams and green bean pots are good for three to five days in the refrigerator, or 10 to 12 months in the freezer.
• Soft bread can stay in the shop for four to five days, or two to three months in the freezer. Hard-crushed bread is good for only one to two days in the pantry, but also for two to three months in the freezer.
• Reheat can be reheated and recooled several times within four days after the first cooking according to Allrecipes. They will lose moisture, but it can be solved by stirring in some broths or water sometimes during warming.
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A baked pumpkin pie can be left in the refrigerator for three to four days or one to two months in the freezer, according to Stilltasty.com. Baked apple pears can stay in the pantry for up to two days and then another two or three days after the pantry. They are also good for one to two months in the freezer.
Freezing sides in airtight freezer and plastic bags. Turkey can be packaged in freezer or foil and then sealed in plastic freezer bags, Food Network proposes. Soups and graves are expanded when frozen so leave space on top of the freezer. Food does not need to meet room temperature before storage – and can even go straight to the freezer, according to Food Network.
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