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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

STUFFING / DRESSING, FOR POULTRY AND MEATS — COOKED, LEFTOVERS

RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 3-4 days
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 1 month
Tips
  • The precise answer to the question “How long does stuffing last?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate within two hours of cooking.
  • To maximize the shelf life of leftover stuffing, refrigerate in covered airtight containers.
  • When reheating stuffing, heat to a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F before serving.
  • To further extend the shelf life of stuffing, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does stuffing last in the freezer for safety purposes? The freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does turkey stuffing last at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; stuffing should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • How to tell if stuffing is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the stuffing; discard any stuffing with an off smell or appearance, do not taste the stuffing first.

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