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    Cooking ahead of time

    Kath1008
    Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:13 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hello all,
    I am cooking for Thanksgiving dinner and am trying to get as much done ahead of time as possible. I was wondering if a recipe says "can be prepared 1 day in advance", is it okay to prepare it 2 days in advance? Does anyone know the rules/guidelines for preparing food ahead of time, and how much time you can leave food in a refrigerator without having to put it in the freezer. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks and happy thanksgiving!
    -Kathy
    Dee514
    Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:19 pm
    Forum Host
    Hi Kathy,
    Really can't tell you how long "safe refrigerator storage" is without knowing what exactly the food/ingredients are and if they are pre cooked (to be reheated on T-day or if it is uncooked). Different foods and preparations have different safe storage times.
    Zeldaz
    Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:30 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    The general rule of thumb for leftovers is to use within three days. That would apply here, too, but somethings might not hold up well even for one day.
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