Thanksgiving Leftovers Guide
Storing Your Ingredients
After weeks of prepping, chopping, baking, stirring and ultimately serving your hard-earned Thanksgiving meal, it’s time to relax and let your leftovers do some of the heavy lifting. The recipes we have in store won’t look or taste like repurposed leftovers but rather exciting meals, served up with revived, made-from-scratch flavors.
Once your Thanksgiving meal is finished, take a stroll through that remains and organize it into basic food groups - meats, veggies, starches, breads and condiments.
Then, tackling one food group at a time, begin to prep your ingredients for easy use. Pull leftover meats from the bone, mix small amounts of compatible fruits and vegetables, and toast breads to prep for homemade breadcrumbs.
Store your expertly prepped leftovers in sealable, sustainable, and reusable containers, and label them with the date they were initially prepared. At Florida Crystals®, we always keep an eye out for eco-friendly storage items. Glass containers, boxes made from compostable materials and reusable silicone bags are just a few Earth-friendly options that we love and that you can rely on.
How Long to Store Thanksgiving Leftovers
Now it’s time to pop these handy ingredients into the fridge or freezer to be used in your choice of homemade recipes. Separating your leftovers into individual “pack” sizes will help keep more fresh. Just be sure to follow proper guidelines for leftover use based on how and where you store them.
Create Authentic Recipes That You Feel Good About
With a little creativity, you can repurpose these standard Thanksgiving leftovers into something new and exciting.
Turkey & Tofurkey
Leftover turkey, or our tofurkey , is a versatile leftover that can be put to good use in lots of ways. In fact, you can use bits of your fantastic holiday entrée to craft a sensational tofurkey sandwich, a satisfying post-holiday delight that everyone will love.
Whether you’re using this traditional Thanksgiving staple as a topping or an ingredient, there are an array of ways to repurpose your leftover cranberry sauce. One creative way is to whip up our moist and tasty Gluten-Free Holiday Cranberry Cake . It’s sure to provide a sweet surprise to any guests you might still be entertaining.
Green Beans & Corn
Combine yesterday’s green beans, bacon, and corn to create this hearty dish. Substitute the bacon with ham, turkey or our tofurkey depending on the ingredients you have available. You can use these ingredients to create our Green Bean Casserole With Candied Corn & Bacon , a fast lunch item your post-holiday guests will be thankful for.
Mashed Potatoes, Yams & Pumpkins
Leftover mashed potatoes and yams can be kept in the fridge for up to five days, or in the freezer for up to a year. These root vegetables are a primary ingredient for our Vegan Potato Dinner Rolls , and leftover pumpkin can be transformed into our amazing Pumpkin Pie Bites .
Due to the limited shelf life of gravy, we suggest storing it in an airtight container or in an ice cube tray, no matter whether you keep it in the fridge or the freezer. This will help retain its ideal consistency once it’s reheated and served. One clever use for leftover gravy is using it to bring out the flavors of soups. This trick works great with our Roasted Tomato & Coconut Soup .
Tips for Reheating Your Leftovers
When reheating your holiday leftovers, the idea is to make the food safe to eat without sacrificing flavor and texture in the process. For leftover turkey or meats, pour broth or gravy over the top before reheating. This will ensure that they retain their desired moisture before being added to your recipes.
The number of homemade recipes you can create from your Thanksgiving occasion’s leftovers is only limited by your imagination. So stock up on your favorite Florida Crystals® organic, minimally processed raw cane sugars , and make all your recipes with ingredients you can feel good about with every bite. From our Florida Crystals® family to yours, have a happy and healthy holiday!