Leftover Turkey - how long does it keep?

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Top 5 Tips to dealing with leftover meats, including turkey.

Put health and safety first when dealing with meat. Let your cooked turkey completely cool, then refrigerate at the first opportunity – within 90 minutes is best.

Don’t leave your turkey hanging around all afternoon as it may become unsafe to eat. Bear this in mind before heading for your post-feasting nap…

Leftover turkey should be eaten within two days, so if you don’t think you’ll get through it in time stick it in the freezer in portions.

If you do freeze your turkey for a later date, make sure it’s wrapped properly or put in a sealed container to avoid freezer burn. It’s also good to use sticky labels to add dates and descriptions to your frozen goods.

If you’re storing your leftover cooked turkey in the fridge, place it on the middle shelf along with all your other ready-to-eat foods. Save the bottom shelf for raw meat and fish.

 Want to use up your leftovers?  Why not check out these simple recipes:

Turkey Fried Rice

Turkey Leftover Samosas

Mini Coronation Turkey Pies

Turkey Korma Curry



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