Whether you served two people or 20 people for Christmas dinner, chances are you have leftover turkey. After cooking a big Christmas feast, you might not feel like spending much more time in the kitchen.
What should you do?
The leftover turkey can be used to feed your family over the next few days. Because it is relatively mild in flavor, leftover turkey can be used in a wide variety of ways to make great tasting, easy-to-prepare meals.
To ensure safe quality leftovers, it is first important to package and store turkey correctly. Within two hours of cooking, you should slice or strip the meat from the carcass and remove any stuffing. Refrigerate the leftover turkey and stuffing separately in shallow containers with tight-fitting lids. These will help prevent the turkey from drying out. After the meat and stuffing have been removed, the turkey carcass also can be wrapped and refrigerated to be used for making stock. Leftover turkey should be used within three to four days, or frozen in moisture-proof freezer paper or foil for use within six months. Refrigerated stuffing and gravy should be used within one to two days. When reheating turkey, reheat thoroughly to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, or until hot and steaming throughout.