Using Leftovers

person carving turkey with family watching

Think twice about how long you keep those leftovers.

Keep your family safe and refer to Illinois Extension food safety chart below. Better yet, reduce waste by using one of these easy recipes for using leftovers in a new way.

Need help?

Call the Turkey Safety Hotline: 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).

Food safety chart for leftovers

Cooked Food Item Refrigerator Storage Time
Roast turkey
3 to 4 days
Stuffing 1 to 2 days
Giblet Gravy 1 to 2 days
Canned Cranberry Sauce 5 to 7 days
Homemade Cranberry Relish 5 to 7 days
Roast Pork 2 to 4 days
Roast Beef/Veal/lamb 3 to 4 days
Baked ham 3 to 5 days
Meat w/ sauce or gravy 1 to 2 days
Cooked vegetables 3 to 5 days
Pumpkin pie 2 to 3 days
Fruit desserts/pie 3 to 5 days
*Seafood 1 to 2 days
Gumbo 1 to 2 days
Soups 2 to 3 days
Restaurant Carry-out Entrees 1 day

*including fish, seafood-rich soups, and entrees