A roasted turkey is a simple and nutritious entree that often results in large quantities of leftovers. If your family is not able to eat the whole bird in one sitting, leftovers should be sliced and placed in sealed containers in the refrigerator. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, cooked turkey should be refrigerated immediately after it cools, as harmful bacteria multiplies fastest when food is between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Reheating turkey slices is simple and makes for a quick and easy dinner for busy families.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Take the sliced turkey leftovers out of the refrigerator and place them in a large baking dish.
Pour 1 to 2 cups of turkey broth or drippings over the turkey slices and cover the dish with a lid or a large piece of aluminum foil.
Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the temperature of the turkey is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Drain off the liquid and serve immediately while the meat is steaming hot.
- If you don't want to heat all of the leftovers at once, heat small portions in your microwave.
- Heat and eat refrigerated turkey within three to four days of cooking.
- Portions of frozen turkey slices can be kept in the freezer for up to four months.
- Use a meat thermometer to make sure your turkey slices are 165 degrees Fahrenheit,
Kari Daley is a licensed master social worker in New York City. She holds a Master of Social Work from Columbia University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Roger Williams University.