How Long Will Those Thanksgiving Leftovers Be Safe To Eat?

If there are any leftovers from your family’s Thanksgiving dinner, we hope that you properly covered each dish and refrigerated it as soon as you were able to lift yourself from the tryptophan-induced fog. And as that overstuffed feeling begins to wane and you once again feel hungry enough to eat, it is important to know how long foods will last in your fridge before becoming dangerous. The folks at have created a handy guide. We will share a few of the most popular.

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In the poultry department, the remaining meat from the bird is typically safe to consume (if it has been refrigerated) for three to four days. Up to four months if you store it in the freezer. The experts tell us that refrigeration should happen:

“within two hours of cooking in a shallow, airtight container or wrapped tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Freezer time is for best quality — foods kept at zero degrees Fahrenheit will be safe to eat indefinitely.”

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That delicious stuffing falls into the same time guidelines as the poultry, three to four days in the fridge and up to four months in the freezer.

Curiously, desserts are a very different matter. Did you know that most baked fruit pies can stay at room temperature?

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According to the iVillage report, any remaining baked fruit pies can stay viable on the counter, unrefrigerated for up to two days!

Cheesecake does require more immediate action. However, if you do cover and place it in the fridge, that tasty treat can be safe to eat for up to a week. (Imagine a slice of cheesecake surviving the probing forks of family members for a week!)

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It has been the experience of many Blaze writers and editors that Thanksgiving leftovers rarely survive the weekend. However, we wanted to share this information with our readers.

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For the full list of expiration guidelines for various meats, fish, and other dishes you may have in your refrigerator, visit iVillage.