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Leftover turkey? Yummy possibilities

November 22, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

What's better than a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving?

Turkey leftovers.

You can reheat the turkey and the trimmings to enjoy them again in a less formal setting or use the cooked turkey in a variety of dishes.

The National Turkey Federation provides many recipe ideas for turkey online at www.eatturkey.com/consumer/recipes.html. Leftover turkey can be used for some of the recipes, such as those provided here.

They include a comfort food favorite, potpie; a twist on turkey soup, Turkey Tortilla Soup; and a variety of sandwich possibilities.

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The Washington County Historical Society's recently released 25th anniversary edition of "A Collection of Treasured Regional Recipes" also contains a recipe that leftover turkey could be used for, Turkey Hash.

One thing people need to keep an eye out for is making sure the leftover turkey is safe to eat.

The National Turkey Federation recommends storing leftover turkey, with the stuffing removed and the meat carved from the bones, in shallow containers. Refrigerate or freeze the turkey within two hours of cooking.

Leftover cooked turkey should be eaten within three to four days, reheating it thoroughly to 165 degrees or until hot and steaming, according to the federation.

Frozen cooked turkey lasts for three to four months.

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