What to do with Leftovers

Food Storage Guidelines:

Perishable foods should not be out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers promptly in shallow containers. It is safe to freeze leftover turkey and trimmings–even if you purchased them frozen. Wrap tightly for best quality.

Recommended Storage Times:

These short but safe limits will help keep refrigerated food from spoiling or becoming dangerous to eat. These time limits will keep frozen food at top quality.

Storage in the Refrigerator 40°F or below
Hot Dogs (Opened Package)1 week
Hot Dogs (Unopened Package)2 weeks
Luncheon Meat (Opened Package/Deli Sliced)3-5 days
Luncheon Meat (Unopened Package)2 weeks
Bacon7 days
Sausage, raw (from chicken, turkey, pork, beef)1-2 days
Hamburger and Ground Meats (turkey, veal, pork, lamb, mixtures)1-2 days
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork (Steaks, Chops, Roasts)3-5 days
Fresh Poultry (Chicken or Turkey, Whole or Pieces)1-2 days
Cooked Meat or Poultry3-4 days
Other Cooked Dishes (Leftovers)3-4 days
Storage in the Freezer 0°F or below
Hot Dogs (Opened Package)1-2 months
Hot Dogs (Unopened Package)1-2 months
Luncheon Meat (Opened Package/Deli Sliced)1-2 months
Luncheon Meat (Unopened Package)1-2 months
Bacon1 month
Sausage, raw (from chicken, turkey, pork, beef)1-2 months
Hamburger and Ground Meats (turkey, veal, pork, lamb, mixtures)3-4 months
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork (Steaks)6-12 months
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork (Chops)4-6 months
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork (Roasts)4-12 months
Fresh Poultry (Chicken or Turkey, Whole)1 year
Fresh Poultry (Chicken or Turkey, Pieces)9 months
Cooked Meat or Poultry2-6 months
Turkey Slices or Pieces, Plain4 months
Turkey Covered with broth or Gravy6 months
Cooked Poultry dishes4-6 months
Stuffing and gravy1 month

(Foods frozen longer remain safe, but may be drier and may lose some flavor.)
Food Storage Information from FoodSafety.gov