The Aftermath: Top Recipes and Storage Tips for Thanksgiving Leftovers

The holiday seasons are upon us, which means families are spending more time together, parties are thrown, and way too much food is cooking for the extended family. Which leaves us with a problem, one that is good to have, too many leftovers. The classic turkey sandwich slathered in mayo on a leftover roll is a must-have, but it can become bland eating it time after time. Therefore we thought we’d help you mix it up a bit with a few of our favorite leftover recipe ideas:    


With so many delicious leftover recipes for you to choose from you’ll be making extra just to experiment. For everything else that isn’t be used up in a creative recipe right away, here are the guidelines for food storage, you won’t want all of your hard work in the kitchen go to waste:


  • Roast Turkey: 3-4 days
  • Gravy:1-2 days
  • Cooked Veggies: 3-5 days
  • Stuffing: 1-2 days
  • Cranberry Sauce/Relish: 5-7 days
  • Baked Ham: 3-5 days
  • Soup: 2-3 days
  • Pumpkin Pie: 2-3 days
  • Fruit Pie: 3-5 days


Most items can also be frozen for future use as well. Did you know that leftover meats can be stored frozen for up to three months? Keep in mind when saving your meat products, it is ideal to carve the meat from the bone before putting it away. This will allow your meat to stay fresher and more moist for longer; it also reduces your preparation time when you’re ready to tackle the leftovers. Separating leftovers into smaller containers is also helpful; that way you can take out single servings without having to unthaw everything at once.

When the meals have settled in your bellies, naps have been taken, and leftovers have been used or stored, we invite you to try a delicious and nutritious meal plan from Prep’d. We will deliver to you twice per week, sparing you enough time for family and the last minute dash to the mall for your gifts. Happy Holidays, we wish you and your family the best!