You paid good money (but hopefully not too much) for that Thanksgiving turkey. Do not let the leftovers go to waste. Turkey is not only a bargain (especially during pre-Thanksgiving sales), it’s tasty and good for you. And sometimes the leftovers are even better than the original meal.
First, buy more than one turkey when they’re on special. Double wrap the ones you intend to keep for a while. According to Foster Farms, a frozen commercially wrapped turkey should last up to a year in your freezer. To be extra sure, I add an additional layer of foil or other freezer wrap to ensure it doesn’t get freezer burn. Even the tiniest hole in the original wrapping can allow freezer burn.
If you can’t possibly eat all the leftover meat in four to five days (stored in the coldest part of your refrigerator), wrap individual portions well and freeze for up to four months (or six months, if stored in broth or gravy).
If you want to use those turkey leftovers now, we have some ideas. Read all abo;ut them on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.