Once Thanksgiving is over, your fridge might be filled with an abundance of leftovers.
Holiday leftovers have a short lifespan, and may be spoiled after Monday.
The U.S. Agriculture Department has a breakdown of how long popular Thanksgiving dishes can last.
It says turkey can last 3-4 days refrigerated if it’s cut up and stored in a container and up to 3 months frozen, homemade gravy is good up to 2 days refrigerated, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole can last up to 5 days refrigerated and pumpkin pie is good up to 4 days refrigerated.
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Cranberry sauce has the longest lifespan because the sugar acts as a preservative, which is good for 2 weeks.
Not following the food safety guidelines could result in symptoms of foodborne sickness such as vomiting, nausea, and cramps based on Fairfax Patient First medical director, Minh Tran on WUSA-TV.
A good rule of thumb to remember, when in doubt throw it out.
Is turkey or roast on your holiday menu? Prevent food poisoning from bacteria like C. perfringens: Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of cooking. Divide large cuts of meat and big pots of stews and chili for quicker cooling. Learn more: https://t.co/YykhEa2E0S #FoodSafety pic.twitter.com/rYrPk86UpW— CDC Emerging Infections (@CDC_NCEZID) November 22, 2021
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