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What to do with leftover turkey


What to do with leftover turkey! How to store it in the fridge so it stays fresh for longer, how to freeze turkey and great leftover turkey recipes. 

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What to do with leftover turkey

No matter how many people you're feeding, turkey is one of those meals that just seem to give and give and you'll still have leftovers on your hands - which we won't complain about! There are plenty of excellent ways to use leftover turkey. Storing turkey in the fridge or freezer might seem like a no-brainer, but like chicken, turkey needs to be handled carefully. Find out how to store turkey to ensure it stays as fresh as possible, and get great leftover turkey recipes.

How to store leftover turkey in the fridge

  1. Let turkey cool.
  2. Slice remaining turkey.

  3. Place inside a sealable container and refrigerate. 

Leftover turkey will be good for 3-4 days in the fridge.


How to freeze leftover turkey

  1. Let turkey cool.
  2. Shred remaining turkey, this will allow it to freeze and defrost faster.

  3. Divide into manageable serves for your family.
  4. Wrap in foil then cling film and place inside a freezer bag or sealable container. Label and date. Freeze.

Turkey can be frozen for 2-3 months.


How to reheat turkey

If turkey is frozen, thaw in refrigerator overnight.
 Preheat oven to 180°C. Arrange turkey in a large baking dish. Add 1/3-1/2 cup stock and a few knobs of butter. Cover dish and heat for 35-40 minutes. Check the temperature of the turkey is above 65°C before serving.

Leftover turkey ideas and recipes

Of course leftover turkey is fantastic in sandwiches with cranberry sauce and maybe some leftover roast vegetables, but here are some other ideas you can try.

Bubble and squeak turkey fritters with poached eggs

Turkey, Nectarine and Walnut Salad in Lettuce Cups

Super Ham and Turkey Club Sandwiches

Chargrilled Sweetcorn & Turkey Peri Peri Salad

Bread Sushi Rolls

Chicken Panzanella Salad