9 Ways to Slather Everything in Leftover Gravy

Turkey and stuffing get all the attention when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers, but let’s talk about the backbone that holds the whole meal together: gravy. Leftover gravy can be use to add moisture to reheated turkey, and of course as a dipping sau…

Turkey and stuffing get all the attention when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers, but let’s talk about the backbone that holds the whole meal together: gravy. Leftover gravy can be use to add moisture to reheated turkey, and of course as a dipping sauce for all your Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches, but it’s great for so much more.

Read on for 9 ways to creatively use up any and all gravy you may have leftover from your Thanksgiving feast.

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How to Freeze Leftover Turkey (Because We Know You Have Tons)

For many of us, Thanksgiving is the one meal where we purposefully plan for leftovers. A Thanksgiving meal without leftovers just isn’t right in my opinion. This Thanksgiving, much like last year, will probably look a little different than the traditio…

For many of us, Thanksgiving is the one meal where we purposefully plan for leftovers. A Thanksgiving meal without leftovers just isn’t right in my opinion. This Thanksgiving, much like last year, will probably look a little different than the traditional holiday—whether that means on a video call or just pared down. Either way, smaller celebrations can mean more leftover food, especially if you can’t fathom Turkey Day without the turkey. So when it comes to leftover turkey, how long does it actually last in the fridge? And can you freeze it? It’s not as simple as a yes or no, so let’s dive in.

First let’s clarify something: We’re talking cooked turkey. If you have leftover raw turkey, you can certainly store it in the freezer and save it for another day! Here are two tips to help ensure you’re doing it safely. First, keep turkey, or any meat for that matter, in its original packaging. Manufacturers choose this packaging because it’s typically air-sealed to keep bacteria out. If there’s a tear or puncture in the packaging, you should repackage it in an airtight container or wrap tightly in plastic wrap. The more you expose the meat to air and bacteria, the more you increase the potential for spoilage. Secondly, make sure your freezer is set to actually freeze; that means it maintains a temperature of 0°F or below. If you have a separate fridge or chest freezer in the basement that gets used less frequently, this is the time to use it. The more you open and use the freezer, the harder it has to work to regulate the temperature. A frozen whole turkey can be kept for approximately 12 months in a freezer set at or below 0°F, while pieces will start degrading in quality slightly sooner, at around 6 to 9 months.

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10 Shatteringly Flaky Leftover Puff Pastry Recipes

As an avid baker, I’m a firm believer in the power of making things from scratch at least once. Even if it fails, you gain an appreciation for the professionals! But there’s one thing I will never make myself: puff pastry. Until the day comes when I am…

As an avid baker, I’m a firm believer in the power of making things from scratch at least once. Even if it fails, you gain an appreciation for the professionals! But there’s one thing I will never make myself: puff pastry. Until the day comes when I am cast on The Great British Baking Show and faced with a technical challenge, I will be raiding the freezer aisle for this stuff. Puff pastry is a constant in my freezer, a shortcut to beautiful, sophisticated, stress-free food. That’s why, to me, there is no such thing as leftover puff pastry. But if you bought it for a recipe during the holidays and ended up using only one of two sheets in the package, I’m here to show you a world of possibilities. From appetizers and one-bite wonders to centerpiece-worthy main dishes and impressive desserts, puff pastry is one of the most versatile items you can stock in your kitchen. My hope is that by the time you’re done reading this list of all the ways to cook with it, puff pastry will have graduated beyond the land of holiday leftovers and earned a permanent spot on your shopping list.

Puff Pieces

1. ‘Everything’ Pigs in a Blanket

Meet the easiest people-pleasing app of all time. In my opinion, it’s not a party without pigs in a blanket, and with just a few store-bought ingredients, you can make any night feel like an occasion. Just think of the “everything” seasoning as confetti.

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8 Leftover Turkey Pasta Recipes (Because We Can’t Eat Another Sandwich)

Picture this: It’s two days after Thanksgiving, and you’ve consumed more “Moist Maker” turkey sandwiches than any one person needs to eat. And yet, when you open the fridge, there’s still pounds upon pounds of cooked turkey leftovers staring back at yo…

Picture this: It’s two days after Thanksgiving, and you’ve consumed more “Moist Maker” turkey sandwiches than any one person needs to eat. And yet, when you open the fridge, there’s still pounds upon pounds of cooked turkey leftovers staring back at you. We’ve all hit the wall of Thanksgiving leftovers: the flavors of sage, rosemary, and turkey gravy infiltrating every taste bud, the thought of cold, dry turkey haunting your dreams.

1. Turkey Pho

Vietnamese noodle soup may not be the first thing that comes to mind when staring at a fridge full of leftover turkey, but it should be. Raid your pantry for spices like coriander, cinnamon sticks, star anise, and cloves to transform leftover chicken or turkey broth (or homemade from the turkey bones if you’re feeling ambitious!). Rice noodles are traditional in pho, but cellophane noodles or any other thin non-wheat noodle you have on hand will work in a pinch.

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Leftover Canned Pumpkin Is a Very Good Thing

Long live this season’s favorite squash: pumpkin! As a baker and pie fanatic, I love keeping a few cans of pumpkin in my pantry at all times and stock up each year when it comes into season (and goes on sale at the grocery store!). It’s versatile, can …

Long live this season’s favorite squash: pumpkin! As a baker and pie fanatic, I love keeping a few cans of pumpkin in my pantry at all times and stock up each year when it comes into season (and goes on sale at the grocery store!). It’s versatile, can skew sweet or savory, and is useful for so much more than pie. While most pumpkin pie recipes will call for an entire can, many recipes do not, and there’s nothing worse than ending up with a half-empty can sitting in your fridge untouched. So I present to you this collection of recipes for that leftover pumpkin, whether it’s a full can or just a few tablespoons at the bottom. And remember, you can always decant pumpkin into freezer-safe containers and keep it for several months or up to a year, or treat canine companions to a spoonful—or even these sourdough pumpkin peanut butter treats; pumpkin is a superfood for dogs!

P.S. Somehow end up with leftover pumpkin pie filling? Take a tip from this pumpkin pudding recipe and bake it off in a ramekin or small casserole dish.

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How to Care for Any Type of Cutting Board—Plus, the Best Ones to Buy

The cutting board is a trusty workhorse in my kitchen, always by my side and supporting me through all my cooking adventures. But I’ll be the first to admit that I treat my cutting boards less than kindly from time to time. 
With a little TL…

The cutting board is a trusty workhorse in my kitchen, always by my side and supporting me through all my cooking adventures. But I’ll be the first to admit that I treat my cutting boards less than kindly from time to time. 

With a little TLC, cutting boards can be a longstanding investment piece in your kitchen—and that doesn’t mean that you have to buy the most expensive ones, either. As an added bonus, taking care of your boards and using them correctly can help extend the lives of your other kitchen staple: knives. Long live your kitchen essentials! 

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A 1930s Whipping Cream Cake Is the Internet’s Latest Favorite Recipe

Every few weeks, people on the internet obsess over a recipe, and it spreads like wildfire. The source is often social media, frequently Instagram and TikTok, but more and more, Reddit seems to be the source. For most, Reddit is a never-ending list of …

Every few weeks, people on the internet obsess over a recipe, and it spreads like wildfire. The source is often social media, frequently Instagram and TikTok, but more and more, Reddit seems to be the source. For most, Reddit is a never-ending list of community-driven forums on everything from news and hobbies to fandom and Bitcoin advice. But it’s also an increasingly popular platform for recipe discovery, especially in the subreddit channel /Old_Recipes. This page, with more than 250,000 followers, has come to be a full-blown digital archive of everything from generations-old heirloom recipes to magazine clippings from decades past. It’s quickly grown to be one of the more exciting cooking resources on the internet, with an engaged community breathing new life into each recipe. Some recipes remain one-hit wonders, while others gain traction and only pick up speed from there. Recipes spanning from Murder Cookies to Armenian Perok Cake to Nana’s Devil’s Food Cake have all gone viral, well beyond Reddit. Not only do these get their 15 minutes of fame on the wider internet, they’re frequently shared on the /Old_Recipes forum months after they were originally shared. The latest recipe to go viral, a dense buttery Bundt called Whipping Cream Cake, is no exception. What is it about such a recipe that peaks the internet’s interest, rocketing many to fame, while others stay stuck in the past?

The Sweet Stuff

The Whipping Cream Cake first appeared on the forum in a post by user Jamie_of_house_m, who wrote that it is her go-to birthday cake. It hails from her husband’s grandmother’s cookbook, a relic from an Iowan town’s centennial anniversary in 1979. (Similar recipes date back even earlier: the YouTube channel Glen And Friends Cooking shared a video making a whipped cream cake from a North Dakota county’s community cookbook from 1936.) This cake is the epitome of the Reddit forum’s mission: uncovering the most obscure recipes that have stood the test of time, wedging their ways into our traditions, one tattered, scribbled-on notecard as a time.

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How to Cope With the Garden Gnome Shortage

Ketchup packets. Tapioca pearls. Garden gnomes. What do all three of these have in common? They are just the latest products experiencing shortages due to pandemic-related supply chain disruptions. You probably heard about the container vessel that got…

Ketchup packets. Tapioca pearls. Garden gnomes. What do all three of these have in common? They are just the latest products experiencing shortages due to pandemic-related supply chain disruptions. You probably heard about the container vessel that got stuck in the Suez Canal last month, right? While we were all laughing at memes and wondering how, in the year 2021, a big boat could get stuck and there was absolutely nothing modern technology could do about it, the global supply chain was getting absolutely wrecked. And the ramifications of the Suez Canal blockage have landed where we least expected them: our gardens.

Love them or hate them, garden gnomes are a staple of quirky (creepy?) yards everywhere, as ubiquitous as the hot pink plastic flamingo. Since the coronavirus pandemic started, gardening centers have experienced record sales, and recent reports show they’re not slowing down anytime soon. Between the Suez Canal blockage and unprecedented demands, garden centers in the U.K. have a severe shortage of, yes, garden gnomes. My theory? Cottagecore, the growing aesthetic trend in design and on social media, is to blame. Cottagecore gestures at English countryside houses and charming gardens, and what’s more quaint than a collection of stately garden gnomes?

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16 Recipes for a Backyard Baby Shower

As the vaccine rollout continues across the country, there’s a glimmer of hope for social gatherings (birthday dinners! baby showers!) this summer. And while we’re nowhere near going back to punch bowls and communal platters of crudités and dip (hello,…

As the vaccine rollout continues across the country, there’s a glimmer of hope for social gatherings (birthday dinners! baby showers!) this summer. And while we’re nowhere near going back to punch bowls and communal platters of crudités and dip (hello, double-dipping!), we can begin to approach socializing from a COVID-conscious perspective. After more than a year of isolation, it feels like a privilege and a blessing to be able to celebrate again, especially the emergence of new life. If you or someone you know got particularly busy during the quarantine, and are now expecting a little one, here are some ideas for baby showers to welcome in the new baby while keeping everyone safe!

And before you send out those invites, take a peek at our recommendations for how to safely gather a group these days. Because even if you’re vaccinated, there are still plenty of precautions to keep in mind.

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The Infamous Recipes Taking Over TikTok—& Good Morning America

It started with the Dalgona whipped coffee. Then it was the pancake cereal. The folded quesadilla. The feta pasta. Love them or hate them, you definitely know them. They start on the popular video platform TikTok, then all of a sudden they’re all over …

It started with the Dalgona whipped coffee. Then it was the pancake cereal. The folded quesadilla. The feta pasta. Love them or hate them, you definitely know them. They start on the popular video platform TikTok, then all of a sudden they’re all over the internet. Viral recipes are nothing new, but the speed at which they’re spreading, gaining traction, and being replicated is unprecedented. And these recipes are reaching beyond the internet. There’s a growing number of these trends being picked up by morning television, especially through programs like Good Morning America and The Today Show. Are these shows going for clicks, or do the recipes have the chops to back them up? I decided to investigate.

Vegan Blueberry Cookies

It comes as no surprise that these cookies picked up quickly with their bright bluish-indigo hue and simple, pared-down ingredient list. Originating with blogger Justine Snacks, the recipe for Blueberry Cookies that are both vegan and naturally, yet vibrantly, colored immediately took off on TikTok, even getting picked up by Good Morning America this week. They came up on my ‘For You’ page and I’ll admit, I was intrigued. They were eye-catching and so easy in a way that, as a recipe developer, led me to be a little skeptical. So I decided to make them myself, in the name of science!

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