How Long are Thanksgiving Leftovers Good For? (Includes Printable Chart)

It’s that time of year again: wandering through pumpkin patches, bundling up in scarves and whipping out trusted Thanksgiving recipes, like pecan pie. There’s nothing like cooking up a full Thanksgiving feast for your family—and having plenty of leftovers for weeks to come. How long are Thanksgiving leftovers good more? Long enough, if you follow this advice:

Leftover Type
Stored in Fridge
Stored in Freezer

Cooked Turkey

3-4 days

2-3 months

Raw Turkey

1-2 days

1 year


1-2 days

2-3 months

Green Bean Casserole

4 days


Cranberry Sauce

2 weeks

2 months

Mashed Potatoes/Yams

5 days

1 year

Pumpkin Pie

4 days

2 months

Apple Pie

3 days

2 months


5 days

3 months


4 days

1 month


3-5 days

2 months

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Turkey Leftovers

A leftover Thanksgiving turkey lasts for three to four days in the fridge and two to three months in the freezer. Just make sure you carve your turkey off the bone first. We like adding a splash of gravy to the meat to help retain moisture.

Grabbed an extra turkey that you didn’t use? You can store raw thawed turkey in the fridge for one to two days and in the freezer for up to a year. But if your turkey (cooked or raw) has a slimy film or a strong odor, pitch it. It’s better safe than sorry!

Gravy Leftovers

Gravy doesn’t have a very long refrigerator shelf life: just one to two days, although it keeps two to three months in the freezer. We recommend storing it in either an airtight container or in an ice cube tray. To achieve a flavor that evokes fresh Thanksgiving Day memories, bring the gravy to a boil on the stove before serving. This only refers to homemade gravy—like this foolproof gravy recipe.

Green Bean Casserole Leftovers

Creamy green bean casseroles will last about four days in the fridge. Since most recipes contain dairy, crunchy fried onions and green beans that have been cooked multiple times, we don’t recommend freezing this casserole (but here are a few casseroles you can freeze!).

Cranberry Sauce Leftovers

Stored in a plastic or glass container, your cranberry sauce will last for up to two weeks in the fridge. We recommend storing it in an airtight container or a glass jar. Or you can store it in the freezer to last up to two months. While this certainly applies to the store-bought variety, there’s nothing quite as good as our favorite cranberry sauce.

Mashed Potato and Yam Leftovers

Whichever you prefer, you’ll be able to keep mashed potatoes or yams in the fridge for up to five days or up to a year in the freezer. However, this doesn’t apply to ones that you bake—they won’t fare as well in the freezer. Before storing, place in a clean container separate from the one you served at dinner.

Pumpkin Pie Leftovers

Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn’t mean pumpkin pie season is. If you can resist eating the whole pie after dinner, leave it in the fridge for up to four days, or you can freeze it for up to two months (be sure to follow these pie freezing tips while you’re at it). Be aware that the texture might change after freezing, but the flavor should stay the same. Of course, we’re fairly certain that with one of these pumpkin pie recipes, you won’t have leftovers.

Apple Pie Leftovers

Pies aren’t created equally, especially when it comes to how you treat leftovers. Apple pie will only last up to three days in the fridge and two months in the freezer. To make sure it retains its sweetness and crispness, wrap it tightly with either plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or secure it in a plastic bag.

Bread Leftovers

Though bread can last up to five days in the fridge, storing it there is not recommended and can leave it stale. If you’re not going to eat it immediately, you can keep it in the freezer for up to three months. Like freezing any leftovers, don’t forget to add the date on your bread before freezing. Be sure to follow our other bread freezing tips, too.

Stuffing Leftovers

The USDA does not recommend refrigerating turkey with stuffing inside, as it wouldn’t reach a safe temperature when reheated. After it’s removed from the turkey, however, your stuffing can have another life in sandwiches or just as a snack. It will last for up to four days in the fridge and a month in the freezer. Check out our leftover stuffing recipes for inspiration.

Wine Leftovers

Have a few too many open bottles lying around? If you’re anything like us, you know wine should never go to waste. Both white and red can last three to five days in the fridge, but you can freeze it for up to two months. Thawed wine is safe to drink, but the flavor might change; we recommend cooking these recipes that use wine up. If your leftover wine is giving off a vinegar-like smell, pour it out.

How to Reheat Thanksgiving Leftovers

Leftovers should be cooled down as quickly as possible and reheated only once. While the food will still be safe to eat, the more you put it through reheating, the more taste and texture it will lose. Our trick? Divide each item into individual servings before storing. From reheating the big bird to the stuffing, here’s how to reheat Thanksgiving leftovers.

Our Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

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Cranburgers with Sweet Potato Fries

Do you have leftover cranberry sauce? Put it to good use with these hearty, yummy turkey burgers, and finish it up with some sweet potato fries. Voila! Dinner is done. – Nancy Bourget, Fort Hood, Texas

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Sweet Potato Mini Loaves

Here's a wonderful present for drop-in visitors, the kids' teachers or neighbors. One batch makes six adorable mini loaves-and you might add some butter or cream cheese for an extra-special present.

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Turkey Enchiladas Verdes

Planning a fiesta night? These authentic-tasting enchiladas in spicy green sauce will please the whole family and you’ll be thankful for turkey leftovers. —Karyn Power, Arlington, Texas

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Crispy Mashed Potato & Stuffing Patties

Talk about a fun way to use holiday leftovers! Making this turkey and stuffing patty is so fast. The family looks forward to this breakfast treat every year. —Kellie Ferea, Casa Grande, Arizona

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Check out our other leftover stuffing recipes.

Cranberry Salsa Turkey Wraps

Once your family tastes these mouthwatering roll-ups, they'll never look at leftover turkey the same way! The cranberry salsa combines both sweet and spicy flavors.—Elke Rose, Waukesha, Wisconsin

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Turkey Biscuit Skillet

My mother always made this while we were growing up. Now I make it for my own husband and kids. I use the small-size biscuits because they brown up so nicely on top. I also add mushrooms to this recipe sometimes because my family loves 'em. —Keri Boffeli, Monticello, Iowa

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BLT Turkey Salad

This variation of a BLT salad goes great with a side of garlic bread or garlic toast, and will satisfy even the pickiest eaters. —Sherry Conley, Noel Hants County, Nova Scotia

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Sweet Potato-Cranberry Doughnuts

I grew up near Idaho, which is famous for spudnuts, a doughnut made from mashed potatoes. I reworked a recipe using sweet potatoes and cranberries to come up with this variation. I like to serve them for dessert. —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California

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Southwestern Turkey Bake

I make this turkey bake as a way to get my husband and nieces to eat their vegetables. It's also perfect if you're wondering what to do with leftover turkey. This creamy entree will fill you up fast. —Crystal Kolady, Henrietta, New York

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Fried Sweet Potato Pies

With my dad being a farmer who grew them, sweet potatoes have graced our table for as long as I can recall. This recipe, however, resulted from an experiment at a church bake sale when we had excess pastry. People couldn't get enough! —Marilyn Moseley, Toccoa, Georgia

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Turkey Dinner Muffins

"I love experimenting in the kitchen," relates Margaret Berardi of Bridgeport, Connecticut. "That's how I created these muffins that use up leftovers from a turkey dinner. Team them with a bowl of soup and some fresh fruit for a satisfying lunch," she suggests.

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Glazed Cranberry Sweet Potato Bread

This recipe stars one of our state’s crops. Topped with an easy orange glaze, slices of the moist bread make a sweet snack to enjoy anytime. —Sweet Potato Festival Committee, Vardaman, Mississippi

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Turkey Lattice Pie

With its pretty lattice crust, this cheesy baked dish looks as good as it tastes. It's easy to make, too, since it uses ready-to-go crescent roll dough. —Lorraine Naig, Emmetsburg, Iowa

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Cranberry Sweet-and-Sour Pork

This fresh take on a beloved Asian-style dish is sure to cause a stir at the dinner table. —Gert Snyder, West Montrose, Ontario

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Spicy Turkey Quesadillas

A bit of spice livens up cranberries and turkey while fat-free cream cheese rounds out the bold flavors in this easy dish. You’ll love this recipe from our Test Kitchen!

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Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Stir-Fry

I work for a priest, Fr. Leo, who loves to cook and shared this recipe with me. Perfect for the day after Thanksgiving, the dish encompasses the holiday spirit, while adding a twist. —Stefen Lovelace, Marriottsville, Maryland

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Cranberry-Walnut Oatmeal

My family loves cranberries but we can get them fresh only during the holiday season. This recipe lets us enjoy the tartness of cranberry with the comfort of oatmeal all-year long. —Teena Petrus, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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Weeknight Turkey Tortilla Soup

This is now my family's most requested soup—so much so that they will make sure I have leftover turkey. You can spice up this soup and make it more hearty by adding smoked sausage or andouille and some Cajun seasoning to taste. —Gail Lucas, Olive Branch, Mississippi

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Cran-Apple Turkey Skillet

You need only one skillet to pull off this delicious meal. Talk about simple! —Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri

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Sweet Potato & Caramelized Onion Shells

Gorgonzola cheese and sweet potatoes add a fun and flavorful twist to classic stuffed shells. Delicious with a sprinkle of Parmesan, the pasta can be topped with leftover gravy, too. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island

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Turkey & Stuffing Eggs Benedict

This is a fun way to enjoy holiday leftovers as if presenting them for the first time. Serve for brunch, with champagne and cranberry juice. —Brittany Allyn, Mesa, Arizona

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Baked Sweet Potato Pudding

I always have lots of leftover sweet potatoes, but when I make this, they're gone faster than you can say "Thanksgiving!" Any ice cream flavor will do, though vanilla bean seems to be an ideal companion. —Joyce Welling, Swanton, Ohio

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Acorn Squash with Leftover Stuffing

Our Test Kitchen offer up this unique way to present leftover stuffing. Serve this squash as a hearty side dish or as a meatless entree.

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Turkey-Cranberry Bagels

Take care of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey in a way your family loves. It's good with all sorts of cranberry sauces and chutneys, so have fun playing around. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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