Storing Leftovers &
Food Safety After
Rule #15: Never let the Thanksgiving meal linger.
Refrigerate the cooked turkey and other parts of the meal within 2 hours after cooking. Never store the stuffing and the turkey together.
Turkey Tip: Before serving the turkey, set out
all your storage containers, foil, zipper bags, etc., so they are
ready for filling with leftovers as soon as the meal is over.
You'll not only store the foods more safely by minimizing their
exposure out of the refrigerator, but you can more easily enlist
extra pairs of hands to help out in the kitchen.
Use refrigerated turkey and stuffing within 3 days of
Reheat leftover stuffing to at least 165 degrees F. Bring
leftover gravy to a rolling boil before serving. Cool foods rapidly
by storing in shallow, small containers.
Turkey Tip: To keep the cut surface of the
turkey breast from drying out, press a piece of plastic wrap or a
damp paper towel next to it before covering and refrigerating.
Perfect Turkey Handbook
Tips Before Cooking
Buying a Turkey
- What size turkey should I buy?
- Is it better to buy one large turkey or two small ones?
- Should I buy fresh or frozen?
- What about turkeys that have been injected with fats and
- What about turkey parts and frozen stuffed turkeys?
Storing an Uncooked Turkey
- How long can a whole turkey be kept frozen?
- How long can a fresh turkey be kept refrigerated?
Thawing a Frozen Turkey
- Thawing Rules
- Thawing Methods
- Turkey Thawing Charts
Stuffing (or Not Stuffing) a Turkey
- Is it best to cook the stuffing inside the bird, or separately
in a baking dish?
- If I do want to stuff the bird, what's the best way to do
- How much stuffing do I need?
- Do I need to close up the cavity after it has been
Preparing the Turkey for Roasting
- Preparations Step-by-Step
- Stuffing & Trussing
- Do I need to truss the bird's legs, or can I just roast it the
Roasting the Turkey
- Roasting Step-by-Step
- How do I keep the breast meat moist when cooking?
Chapter 7. How
to Tell When It's Done
- Use a Meat Thermometer
- My turkey comes with a plastic pop-up timer. Can't I use that
- How accurate are "recommended cooking times"?
- How can I tell when the turkey is done?
- USDA Timetable for Turkey Roasted at 325 degrees F.
Making the Gravy
- Rules for Making Gravy
- Making the Basic Gravy
- Additions to Gravy
Carving the Bird
- Basic Carving steps
- Removing the Thigh, Drumstick & Wings
- Carving the breast
Storing Leftovers & Food Safety After
- Storing leftovers
- Reheating leftovers
Perfect Turkey Handbook
Using a Meat Thermometer
This page modified November 2006