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How long can you keep leftovers?
Friday, 27 November · 2 min read

If you've just had a holiday feast, don’t let your leftovers go to waste — many delicious meals can be made with any leftover turkey or roasted vegetables.

But it’s important to remember that you shouldn't store leftovers for too long, whether in the fridge or freezer, and you should store them properly to help prevent food poisoning.

Here's what you need to know.

  1. How long can you keep leftovers in the fridge?

According to the Ontario Ministry of Health, some leftovers can be kept for longer than others. For example, the agency says any cooked fish or meat, including turkey, leftover stew, egg or vegetable dish can be stored for 3 to 4 days in the fridge.

But soup can be refrigerated for 2 to 3 days, while any leftover gravy needs to be eaten before 2 days.

If it’s likely you won’t be able to eat your leftovers within these times, store them in the freezer instead.

  1. How long can you keep leftovers in the freezer?

Leftover food can generally be kept in the freezer for many months. But as with storing leftovers in the fridge, the length of time will vary depending on what you're freezing.

Leftover turkey — or other cooked poultry or fish — can be frozen for 4 to 6 months, while soups should be frozen for no more than 4 months.

If you've got meat broth or gravy leftover, this can be frozen for 2 to 3 months. The same is true for other cooked meats, stews, vegetables or dishes that contain eggs, such as a desert.

Quote of the day

Leftovers can be a gastronomic opportunity for the well-skilled kitchen forager. With a little imagination, there are a million ways to use up leftovers rather than bin them.

Tristram Stuart, author

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