Christmas Dinner Leftovers











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One of the best parts of the Holiday Season is Christmas Dinner Leftovers. The food always seems to taste better as the seasonings seep into the food.. Here are ideas and guidelines for serving Christmas Leftovers.



1. Clean out your refrigerator prior to dinner. As with any major Holiday you’ll have plenty of leftovers even after your Family and Friends have made their Take-Out Platters. Make room in the fridge for your Christmas Dinner leftovers as it can be frustrating trying to find space in the refrigerator after a long day of cooking and serving food.

2. If you don’t have enough Tupperware , Rubbermaid, GladWare, or, buy plastic storage bags or other food containers. Storing food in the original pot or dish is not a good idea because of the size of the pots and pans which takes up needed space.

Secondly,it leaves too much dead space for liquid to collect. Food keeps better and longer in containers where the leftovers are packed tightly.

3. Make sure that all of your foods are completely cooled before putting them in containers. It is better to put items in the refrigerator or freezer which are tightly sealed helping your Food stay Fresher and Safer Longer. Although it might take a little time vacuum sealing your food is a definite plus for the freezer.



4. Slice any meat off of the bone before storing. It is easier to handle and produces less mess. The turkey carcass and the ham bone can be frozen for later use in soups and stews.

Turkey legs and thigh meat can be sliced off the bone and diced up for turkey salad. Add a little chopped celery, seasonings, and mayonnaise for a lunch treat on bread or crackers.

I made a Turkey Grinder by taking some Italian rolls buttered with a sprinkle of garlic salt toasted then filled with turkey aand a dab of turkey gravy.

Then covered generously with leftover shredded cheddar cheese slipped back into the oven to melt the cheese. Put on a plate with a little Bleu Cheese dressing and BAM!!!



5. Create a casserole dish with leftover Christmas dinner rice or leftover macaroni and cheese. Whether it is white rice or wild rice, add some chopped chicken or turkey, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and some shredded cheese. Bake at 325 degrees for about twenty minutes or until soup is bubbly and you have dinner for the next night.

6. Buy sectioned plate containers and fix meals. This avoids people dipping into leftover bowls over and over. Label each container with the type of food inside or better yet use clear plastic containers. If someone wants turkey and potatoes, they can grab that plate and heat it up without bothering any other leftovers.



7. Avoid wrapping any leftovers in aluminum foil. Foil is good for cooking but for Christmas dinner leftovers, it will begin to break down as it is opened and reopened by hungry people. Using aluminum foil for sticky foods like potatoes, cakes, sweet potatoes is always frustrating as you lose most of your food on the foil. If you must wrap something in foil, purchase heavy duty foil for that purpose.

Leftovers are great. They can be used for soups, sandwiches, dips, and more throughout the Christmas holiday. Remember that leftovers in the refrigerator should not be eaten after the fourth day. If you want to keep something longer, freeze it. For Food Storage Guidelines you will find this information all over our website but particular information on this page;


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These are only a few of the ideas and tips that can be used when working with Christmas dinner leftovers. Don't want to bother with the leftovers here's a Great Holiday Leftover Idea.