Here is what I found about food safety for your left over turkey. I always ate leftovers for 2 days after Christmas. Any leftovers after that get frozen for use in salads, soups and casseroles.
Here is what I found via Health Canadas website.
Refrigerate all leftovers within two hours to minimize the chance of bacteria growing.
- Divide leftovers into shallow containers so they cool quickly. Refrigerate them once steaming stops and leave the lid loose or wrap loosely until the food is cooled to refrigerator temperature.
- Store turkey meat separately from stuffing and gravy.
- Avoid overstocking the refrigerator, so that cool air can circulate effectively.
- Foods such as fully cooked turkey and potatoes can be consumed cold (for example: turkey in a sandwich, or cold potato salad).
- Reheat other solid leftovers to at least 74°C (165°F). Bring gravy to a full, rolling boil and stir a few times while reheating.
- Use leftover turkey meat, stuffing, gravy and other cooked dishes within two to three days or freeze right away for later use.
Great recipes that can use up that leftover turkey (substitute the turkey for the chicken):
Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos — great for the freezer
Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup — great for the freezer
Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Shells — easy to adapt to your tastes
Enjoy your leftovers!!