Countdown to Turkey Day 2012: The Great Thanksgiving Day Post Mortem and Leftover Tips

Heather says:

Well, for better or worse, we made it. I apologize for being scarce the last few days, but I’ve been taking a small sanity break, thankfully I already had most of the turkey day countdown pre-written.

I’ve gotten a little  lot of desperately needed sleep. I’ve spent much needed time with family. And most importantly, I spent a little time doing nothing productive at all. I can’t tell you the last time I did that.

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

After big events or projects, a lot of companies like to get together and do what they call the postmortem. It’s a way to figure out what went well, what didn’t, and what you should do differently next time.  Tips Tricks and Ideas of Thanksgiving Leftovers

You could do this privately and save it for yourself, but what’s the fun in that?

I and other home eccers would like to know:

What was your favorite part of the meal? Will you make it again?

What will you never make again?

How were your estimates, did you have the right amount of food or was there too much or little of an item?

And of course,

Were there any disasters?

Here’s a table of recipes to use up your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers:

Leftover Turkey Recipes
Turkey Pot Pie Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
Turkey Bog Enchiladas
Turkey Soup Pilau
Turkey Salad Jambalaya

Leftover Guidelines

    • Turkey should be frozen or used within 2 – 6 days.
    • Frozen cooked turkey should be used within 2 months and should be cooked thoroughly, immediately after thawing.
    • If you have gravy or leftover mashed potatoes they should have been used within 1 – 2 days after Thanksgiving.
    • Leftover gravy is an excellent addition to “Mustgo Soup,” mashed potatoes are, too. Both thicken and add flavor.
    • Cranberry sauce can be stirred into yogurt, served over ice cream, or it makes a nice accompaniment to pork chops, ham, chicken, or fish. It should be used within 7 days. (The sugar acts as a preservative.)

So, there you go. We’ve started our planning for Turkey day 2013. Let’s file this somewhere we won’t forget and maybe take a week before we start thinking too hard about Christmas. (If you feel the need to overachieve, have at it, my friends, have at it)


  1. Quiltin' Jenny on November 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

    We had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I really thought 3 turkeys and a ham were going to be too much for our 38 people, but almost no leftovers got thrown out. Shocking!

    Thanks for all of your tips and reminders! You really helped me feel like I had a grip on the situation, and I will be reusing a lot of them for Christmas, which I host.

    Hope you get a well deserved break.

  2. casey on November 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    i had a weird thing happen with my apple pie. Since i came in from out of the town on the 20th, my cousin did my shopping for me. She didn’t think the number of apples was enough becasue they ‘sink down’ when cooking so she brought extras. I used 7 appleas total (an extra cup or so) and jsut mounded them up in the middle. When I pulled the pie out of the over the crust hadn’t sunk down at all which seemed kind of odd but whatever. When I cut into it, I discoverd that the apples did sink down, but the crust did not so I had a 2 inch or so gap between the top of the apples and the crust. It didn’t effect anything other than the ability to cut it neatly but I’d neve rhad that happen before

    • kimsch on November 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      This happens because the crust “sets” before the apples fall. It’s generally not a problem as the crust falls onto the filling when the pie is cut and served (there’s no longer support for the high crust).

      • Heather Solos on November 28, 2012 at 7:25 am

        You answered it just as I planned to, thank you.

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