If you're lucky, you have a very full fridge right now with lots of leftover goodies from your Thanksgiving feast. But at some point you're going to run out of things to do with this stuff, and at that point you're going to start wondering exactly how long you can keep it around.
Cranberry sauce lasts the longest, at a whopping 10-14 days.You can use it as a condiment for pork, thin it with some vinegar and oil for a zingy salad dressing (trust me on this, it's delicious) or eat right out of the container. This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes, as well as one of the healthiest, so it's good to know you can keep it around.
Turkey is good for about five days, which means you should be finishing up your turkey leftovers by Tuesday. If you haven't yet deconstructed your bird, do so now and wrap it in smaller portions of foil versus one big package. You can even double-wrap, label and freeze some for a few months...it won't taste so hot on its own but can be a welcome addition to soups and casseroles. And, of course, it can be a key ingredient subbed in for chicken in a lot of freezer casserole recipes.
Gravy goes bad fast, in a day or two. Eat that stuff now!
Mashed potatoes, stuffing and green bean casserole have about the same shelf life as your turkey, 3-5 days. Mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole freeze surprisingly well....the rest of it, eat now.
Leftover wine (a concept with which I am not familiar) lasts about 3-5 days, or you can freeze it in ice cube trays and use in stews and sauces year round.
Personally, I always have the ceremonial turkey sandwich the next day composed of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce on white bread (which I rarely eat the rest of the year), and then make turkey broccoli casserole Monday or Tuesday night. What's your favorite thing to do with Thanksgiving leftovers?