How Long Do Thanksgiving Leftovers Last?


  • Hey leftover lovers, here's some useful information you need to know.
  • Holiday’s leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving, right?! However, you can't eat the turkey for a couple of days.
  • The USDA says cooked leftovers should be quickly stored in shallow containers and placed in a refrigerator or freezer for rapid cooling. Consumers should only eat refrigerated leftovers for three to four days.
  • After that, they recommend throwing it out.
  • "A general rule of thumb for refrigerator storage for cooked leftovers is 4 days; raw poultry and ground meats, 1 to 2 days," the USDA said.
  • Food refrigerated for too long risks growing spoilage bacteria. Also, food left out at room temperature for more than two hours should also be thrown out.

How long do Thanksgiving leftovers last? USDA says 3 to 4 days

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