Monday Is Minnesota’s Last Day to Eat Those Thanksgiving Leftovers
If you're still nibbling on those leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner this year, Monday is the last day you'll probably want to eat them.
What's one of the best parts about making that big Thanksgiving dinner here in Minnesota? Sure, the turkey's great, the stuffing is marvelous, as are the mashed potatoes and gravy, but the BEST part is having all the leftovers in your refrigerator, right?
Except that the clock is ticking on when you can still safely eat all those leftovers. And, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the clock stops Monday, November 30th.
That's because even if you put all those amazing Thanksgiving dishes back in the refrigerator within two hours of having served them last Thursday (and, you did... right?), they only keep for between 3 and 4 days before they could potentially start to spoil. Here are the facts from the USDA:
Thanksgiving leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for three to four days. This means you have until the Monday after Thanksgiving to eat all those delicious leftovers or place them in the freezer to enjoy later. If you store leftovers in the freezer, they will be of best quality within 2-6 months.
Now, if you're like me and sometimes keep things in the fridge longer than that (much to my wife's dismay), it's really not a good idea. Even though the USDA says there are 31 percent of us who keep leftovers longer than 4 days, "spoilage bacteria can cause food to develop a bad smell or taste," the USDA says.
To help keep track of just HOW long you can safely keep your leftovers in the refrigerator, the USDA has a new FoodKeeper app you might want to check out. And while your leftovers may not keep much longer than 4 days, keep scrolling to check out a list of somethings you might WANT to stock up on before they're scarce again this winter!