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Freezing Thanksgiving Leftovers?

Is it safe to freeze leftovers from Thanksgiving? I was thinking about the green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and stuffing.

Debby from Ashland City, TN

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December 2, 20080 found this helpful

I do it all the time. When my in-laws were alive we used to take the entire Thanksgiving dinner to CA to cook there. Instead of bringing it back to OR I bought covered styrofoam plates and packaged each one with enough for 2 people. They used them for weeks

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December 3, 20080 found this helpful

It is safe to freeze those items, but it must be done within a day or two. If you're waiting until now (a week later) to freeze, I'd say no, it's too late.

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Food should last in the refrigerator up to three days. You can freeze it anytime within that three days, but not afterwards.

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December 3, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with Noella, but would add a little addendum. Some dishes have ingredients that would still be fine a week later. If you used any diary product or meat product (even broth) you should probably toss them. But if your sweet potatoes are with anything like marshmallows or pineapple -- they are fine. And gravy, cream soups, or cream sauces will separate when frozen and thawed, so they will not be very appetizing later.

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December 4, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks for the advise. I had everything in the freezer by saturday morning!

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December 5, 20080 found this helpful

Don't use aluminum pans to freeze your stuffing/dressing in. It'll give off as food poisoning when thawed out.

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My sister did this one year, upon heating it and eating it, they all had to go to the hospital for treatment.

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