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How Long Do Thanksgiving Leftovers Last?

Stuffing Cakes

If there’s one thing we love about Thanksgiving, it’s the guaranteed leftovers. After all, what’s better than a fridge full of delicious, ready-to-eat food? We’ve got all kinds of ideas for using them in entirely new ways—but how long can you refrigerate or freeze ’em for? The USDA recommends storing perishable foods within 2 hours of coming out of the fridge or oven (so keep that post-turkey nap snappy!) in airtight containers.

Check out our easy-to-follow chart:

And read on for our A-to-Z leftovers guide!

Biscuits and Rolls

Countertop: 14-18 days

Fridge: 2-3 weeks

Freezer: 3-5 months

Try: Making biscuit bread pudding, turning bread into croutons, or tossing them on the stovetop for a panzanella salad

Cranberry Sauce

Fridge: 7-10 days (homemade), 1-2 weeks (canned)

Freezer: 2 months

Try: These Cranberry Sauce Sheet Pan Pancakes [recipe to come]


Fridge: 1-2 days

Freezer: 2-3 months (stock-based)

Try: Freezing in an ice cube tray, then all you have to do is thaw and boil before adding ’em to soups and stews (Source: Epicurious)

Green Bean Casserole

Fridge: 3-4 days

Freezer: 1-2 months (without dairy)

Try: Throwing leftovers in a pot pie

Mashed Potatoes

Fridge: 3-4 days

Freezer: Not recommended

Try: Our Cheesy Mashed Potato Croquettes

Pumpkin Pie

Fridge: 3-4 days

Freezer: 1-2 months

Try: Cut pie into slices before storing, then just thaw for on-demand pie—or blend with vanilla ice cream for a delicious milkshake


Fridge: 3-4 days

Freezer: 1-2 months (without sausage), 2-3 months (with sausage)

Try: Stuffing Cakes with Chimichurri Yogurt

Sweet Potato Casserole

Fridge: 3-4 days

Freezer: 1-2 months (without dairy) otherwise, not recommended

Try: These muffins from Magnolia Days


Fridge: 3-4 days

Freezer: 2-3 months (plain), 6 months (if covered in gravy or broth)

Try: Add to a frittata breakfast sandwich or shred turkey meat before refrigerating or freezing, then toss into soups and stews all winter long

Sources: ABC13, Taste of Home,, USDA, Food Network, Food52, The Kitchn, The Pioneer Woman