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    Cooking ahead of time

    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!
    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.
    Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:30 pm 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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