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How to Handle Holiday Leftovers

November 24th 2015 by
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When it comes to holiday food, leftovers are inevitable. Some may be excited about this, but others may not know what to do – and no one wants waste!

We’ll walk you through how to manage the holiday mess to ensure you’re getting the most out of your holiday investment.

Get Leftovers Put Away Promptly

Food should not be left at room temperature for long. Keep the time on the table to less than two hours. This will give everyone plenty of time for leftovers while also keeping the food safe.

If you have guests driving long distances, be sure they take any leftovers in coolers for the trip home.

Store Leftovers in Shallow Containers

Storing food in deep containers will only keep the food warm. Instead, use shallow containers that are less than two inches. You should also avoid stacking containers as that will trap in heat.

Eat Food within Four Days

That food isn’t going to stay good for long! Eat, freeze or use leftovers in recipes within four days.

Leftover Recipes

Speaking of leftovers, you might want to get creative with what you have.

  • Turkey: tacos or BBQ
  • Cranberry sauce: yogurt parfait
  • Heavy cream: pudding
  • Vegetables: stir fry

A quick search online will provide plenty of recipes to choose from.

Repurpose Decorations

Many holiday decorations get tossed or have a limited shelf life, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Candles can be painted so they don’t have their holiday colors and be enjoyed year-round. And any decorations with red in it can be repurposed for Valentine’s Day.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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