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Preserve the holiday flavour in your leftovers with these tips

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Christmas is a big holiday, and nowhere is this more apparent in the size and array of the food items associated with it. Turkey, ham and their accompaniments do not come in mini-portions, and now that your friends and family are stuffed to the gills, there’s still a ton of food left on the table.

It’d be a waste to throw all that food away when with proper storage, they could continue to feed you and your family for a while yet.

In general, bacteria grows and spreads the fastest between 4oC and 60oC, so try to get your leftovers in the fridge within 2 hours of cooking. Here are some quick pointers for storing common holiday meal items. Using a fridge like the 4-door Electrolux EQE6307SA refrigerator, with its multiple compartments, drawers and flexible shelving can help to keep any amount of leftovers from a family dinner organised and optimally stored.

Turkey

Due to its size, there tends to be a lot of this Christmas dinner staple leftover at family dinners. Unfortunately, it also tends to become very dry after three days of refrigeration, so store it according to how long you think it’ll take to finish the meat.

Start by cutting the leftover turkey into smaller pieces. Put what you think you can finish within three days in an air-tight container and leave it in the fridge compartment.

The EQE6307SA Quattro’s freezer has seven slide-out drawers, making it easy to organise and store leftovers for months.

For longer term storage, wrap the meat in foil to prevent the meat drying out, and put it in the freezer compartment. The turkey should stay good for about two to four months. The Electrolux EQE6307SA’s freezer compartment has seven slide-out drawers, so you can store all the meat in one or two drawers for easy organisation and access later.

Ham

Slice any leftover ham into pieces that makes it easy for use in sandwiches or other dishes. Like turkey, wrap the pieces up in an air-tight container if you think you can finish the ham in one week, or wrap it in foil and store it in the freezer for up to one month.

Mashed Potatoes

This delicious side dish can be stored in an air-tight container and put in the freezer for up to 10 months. To reheat, do it slowly over a double boiler. If you don’t own a double boiler, set the bowl of mashed potatoes over a pot of simmering water and cover the top of the bowl with plastic wrap.  If needed, add extra milk, cream or butter to keep the potatoes creamy.

An induction hob like the Electrolux EHED72CS is great for delicate heating of such foods, with electronic touch controls that allow you to precisely control the heat you need for proper reheating of the potatoes.

 

Pies

Many people just want a sweet taste of dessert after a full meal, so it’s not uncommon to have lots of pie leftover after Christmas dinner. If you’ve used apple or berries in your pies, where the fruit is cooked with sugar, the pie will be perfectly fine in its pie dish, stored in the fridge compartment for up to four days.

With extra-wide fridge compartments that can easily hold several party platters, the EQE6307SA Quattro can handily store larger leftovers like pies.

The Electrolux EQE6307SA’s extra wide fridge compartment is large enough to hold party platters for easy serving, and has enough space to accommodate whole pies for storage.

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