Incredibly Delicious Ways to Eat Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

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Thanksgiving is a few days away and I’m already thinking, and planning, and dreaming about these incredibly delicious leftover turkey recipes. 

From sandwiches to soups, wraps, casseroles, and even pizza. From spicy to mild, healthy to a little decadent. You’ll find recipes everyone in your group will love!

How Long Can You Refrigerate Leftover Turkey?

Cooked turkey is good for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

The USDA says Thanksgiving leftovers “can be kept in the refrigerator for three to four days. This means you have until the Monday after Thanksgiving” to eat up your turkey leftovers.

Any leftover turkey after that 3 to 4-day range can be frozen for 2 to 6 months for best quality. I like to freeze turkey in 2 cup portions for easy soups and stir-frys through the winter. And I freeze it on or about day 2.

How Do You Store Leftover Turkey?

The easiest way to store leftover turkey is to refrigerate it in an airtight sealed container. I like to preserve it in slices when possible. Although shredded some of it makes for quick dinners.

Best Way to Reheat Leftover Turkey

The USDA recommends reheating frozen leftovers without thawing.

Both on the stovetop or microwave.

“When reheating leftovers, be sure they reach 165°F, as measured with a food thermometer. Cover leftovers to reheat. This retains moisture and ensures that food will heat all the way through.”

18+ Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes Ideas

These incredibly delicious Thanksgiving leftover turkey recipes will delight you and your family for post Thanksgiving gatherings.

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