感恩節的剩菜和一般剩菜不一樣。不像吃剩還乾掉的半盒墨西哥雞肉捲或糊掉的義大利麵,感恩節的火雞剩食其實可以很不一樣。有人甚至認為,放到隔天更好吃—所以更要好好將剩餘火雞加以利用。除了將剩食打包好以保持新鮮,還可再度料理成一道佳餚,快來參考下列的建議。

How to Store Thanksgiving Leftovers

根據美國農業部 (USDA) 發佈的好消息,只要您妥善儲藏感恩節剩菜,那晚的火雞、肉汁、您製作的美味小菜,都能在冰箱裡放上三到四天。如此一來,您整個週末都還能享用感恩節大餐的美味。以下四個簡單的步驟來自美國農業部的建議:

  1. 妥善打包。

    以鋁箔紙遮蓋或包裹食物 (鋁箔較塑膠環保),或放入氣密容器中儲藏。以防止食物變乾、變硬。

  2. Keep it cold.

    在兩小時內將剩菜放入冰箱,能防止細菌滋長。

  3. 安全的加熱。

    You can warm your food in the microwave, in the oven, or on the stovetop. Just make sure leftovers reach an internal temperature of 165°F before you eat them.

  4. 盡快食用。

    剩菜在冰箱中能保鮮四天。在冷凍室中能長期存放,但最好在四個月內食用完畢。

剩菜的美味料理祕方

好了,談夠了儲藏方式。那要怎麼料理剩食來吃呢?派可以當早餐,火雞和蔓越莓醬做成三明治,這些經典吃法,永不退流行。若您想嘗試多點變化,這裡提供不少點子讓您試一試。以下五種讓人食指大動的剩食料理方式,供您參考:

  • 將剩菜做成早餐。

    Grab your trusty cast-iron skillet and make turkey-and-veggie hash with fried eggs. Or spoon warm cranberry sauce over whole-grain pancakes or oatmeal instead of the usual syrup or honey.

  • 做成高檔點心

    Fold finely diced turkey and leftover veggies into store-bought wonton wrappers to make pot stickers. Or make crispy mashed potato or stuffing croquettes in a skillet, and top them with dollops of creamy yogurt.

  • 來個墨西哥烤肉之夜。

    Let everyone load up wheat or corn tortillas with turkey and whatever sides they want. Instead of the usual salsa, use leftover gravy or cranberry sauce.

  • Make leftover pizzas.

    使用火雞肉汁和蔓越莓醬取代番茄醬,讓您的自製披薩美味升級。除了一般的起司,再撒上剩下的各種蔬菜。雖然有點怪,但還是好吃得不得了。

  • Try a pie milkshake.

    將吃剩的派切片,加入牛奶和香草冰淇淋攪拌直到變濃稠綿密。是的,熱量有點超標了。但一年才吃一次?就別想太多了!

Don't let those leftovers go to waste. Use these tips to make the most of them, and if you know you won't be able to finish them within a couple of days and don't feel like sticking them in the freezer, consider bringing the extras to a local soup kitchen (either after Thanksgiving dinner or the next day). Sharing a home-cooked meal might seem like a small gesture to you, but it could brighten someone else's holiday in a big way.