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How Long Do Easter Leftovers Last?

Baked ham and scalloped potatoes. Cookies and fresh rhubarb pie. The only thing better than the Easter meal itself is feasting on the ham sandwiches the next day! So how long can you safely keep Easter leftovers and what's the best way to store your leftover holiday ham and scalloped potatoes?

To make the most of your leftovers, you’ve first got to ensure that they’re being kept in a safe storage environment. Most Easter leftovers will stay fresh and tasty for at least a few days in the refrigerator and a month or more in the freezer.

Some general tips:

•        Refrigerate cooked ham, lamb, potatoes and other cooked dishes within 2 hours of serving.

•        Carve meat off the bones before refrigerating.

•        Divide leftovers into smaller portions and refrigerate or freeze in covered shallow containers for quicker cooling.

Follow the guidelines below to enjoy the maximum taste from your Easter leftovers:

 

 

STORAGE TIME

 

Item

Pantry

Fridge

Freezer*

Tips

Ham — baked at home, leftovers

 

3-4 days

3-4 months

Slice whole ham into smaller pieces before refrigerating.

Rack of lamb — cooked, leftovers

 

3-4 days

2-3 months

Freeze in airtight containers or freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.

Deviled eggs — homemade

 

3-5 days

 

Keep refrigerated in covered container. Doesn’t freeze well.

Cookies — homemade or bakery-purchased

2-3 weeks

5-7 days if frosting or filling contains eggs or dairy products

8-12 months

Refrigerate immediately any cookies that contain frosting or filling made with dairy products or eggs.

Mashed potatoes or yams

 

3-5 days

10-12 months

Mashed potatoes freeze well; whole baked potatoes don’t.

Rhubarb pie — baked

2 days

2-3 days after pantry storage

1-2 months

To freeze, wrap pie tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in heavy-duty freezer bag.

Wine, red or white — opened bottle

 

3-5 days

1-2 months

Freeze leftover wine for use in cooked dishes such as sauces and stews.

Bread — soft-crusted

4 -5 days

 

2-3 months

Refrigerator storage is not recommended, as bread will quickly dry out and become stale — for longer-term storage, freeze bread instead.

 

hard-crusted

1 -2 days

 

2-3 months

*Freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.

Sources: For details about data sources used for storage information, please see here.

 

 
 
 

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