You’ve got some seafood, a turkey platter, and a full smoked Ham in your fridge. How long do you have before they go bad? We’ve all been there. We’ve been there.
If you follow these tips, you can eat like it’s Christmas every week.
How long can leftover Christmas Ham last?
Alison Adams, our food editor, says that if stored correctly, your leg of Ham will last up to 10 days. Soak a calico bag (some butchers provide these) or a pillowcase with water and vinegar. Then, I wreaked out the bag and placed the Ham in it. Re-soak it every two days to keep the Ham moist and fresh.
You can freeze Christmas ham by cutting thick slices, wrapping them in foil and then plastic. Your ham slices can be frozen for up to a month.
How long can leftover Christmas turkey be stored?
Alison says that leftover turkey should be consumed within three days. Make sure to put it back in the refrigerator no longer than two hours after cooking. Remove the meat from the bones, the stuffing, and the cavity from the turkey and store them in airtight containers. Your turkey will last about three months if you remove it from the bone. Place the sliced bird in an airtight container, and add some gravy or turkey stock before sealing and freezing. This will give it extra flavor.
How long can leftover Christmas pudding be stored?
If it is wrapped well, Christmas puddings and cakes will last a long time, even at room temperature. Alison says that it is best to keep the pudding or cake in the refrigerator or freezer. Wrap the pudding in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge. Or slice the pudding, wrap it in plastic, and freeze.
How long will Christmas seafood last?
Seafood is the best choice for leftovers. So, eat it first. Alison advises: “Transfer leftovers into clean airtight container or arrange in an even layer and cover with plastic.” Keep seafood in the refrigerator for no more than two full days.