I love leftovers, sometimes even more than freshly cooked food. Sure Thanksgiving is nice, but our annual Friday-after-Thanksgiving-leftover-feast and the sandwiches all weekend long were at least as good as the holiday dinner.
Then came that inevitable moment of reckoning. Last night I inventoried the remaining pieces of meat, the turkey carcass (even the word sounds like you should immediately get rid of it), and multiple containers of stuffing and cranberry sauce, not to mention the bits of pie. I bet similar moments of truth have been happening in households all over the U.S. as refrigerators are whipped back into shape for another workweek.
Like a good drill sargent, I pitched, transformed, or froze much of what was left. Both the refrigerator and I heaved a sigh of relief as we moved out of Thanksgiving mode. We do have the memories though, along with a few leftover treats.
The best guide for saving, using, and freezing leftover Thanksgiving fare is your common sense. If you have a moment’s hesitation when deciding whether to keep leftovers, listen to the little voice in the back of your head saying “throw it out.” Although none of us likes to waste food, the solution is not to serve food that isn’t safe. And for those moments when the little voice doesn't guide you, here are a few tips: