For many families, Thanksgiving means a plateful of delicious food – for several days.
Because nobody hosting a Thanksgiving feast wants to run out of servings, food is prepared in substantial amounts, inevitably resulting in leftovers.
Heather Winn, a family and consumer science educator for the Cherokee County Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service, said eating leftovers avoids waste and extends food budgets, but they must be handled safely.
“It is important to remember that food is often left out after eating,” Winn said. “Leftovers should not be eaten if allowed to stand more than two hours, and that means two hours from the time it comes out of the oven or refrigerator, not from the end of the meal.”
Winn added that care should be taken when storing leftovers in the refrigerator.
“Egg and potato salads, liquids such as gravy, should be eaten within 24 hours,” she said. “It is best to remove turkey from the bone, because the bones retain heat and can slow the cooling of the meat. Freezing leftovers is the safest option.”
Leftovers can keep for up to six months in the freezer. If stored in the refrigerator, turkey and stuffing should be eaten within 72 hours. Storage should be in small portions in shallow covered containers.
There is a persistent myth that food should be cooled to room temperature before going in the refrigerator. This practice dates to the early days of refrigerators when an influx of warm food might upset the temperature inside the appliance and spoil milk. Such problems passed decades ago with improved designs.
When reheating leftovers, they should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Oven temperature should be at least 325 degrees to reheat. If using a microwave, check the owner’s manual for recommended times and settings.
“If you have frozen leftovers, a lot of people leave them on the counter to thaw,” Winn said. “That can allow bacteria to grow. It is best to take the extra time to thaw in the refrigerator, or put them in something watertight and run water over them.”
Once the leftovers are safely prepared, it isn’t necessary to eat turkey sandwiches for a week. There are lots of delicious recipes for Thanksgiving scraps.
Here is a simple dish from Delish.com:
Curried Turkey Salad with Dried Cranberries
• 1/2 cup mayonnaise
• 1 teaspoon curry powder
• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper
• 2 cups cooked turkey, chopped
• 3 tablespoons dried apricots, sliced
• 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
• 1 tablespoons shelled pepitas
(Pepitas are hulled pumpkin seeds. If unavailable, use a favorite chopped nut)
• 1 apple, cored and chopped
1. Mix together the mayonnaise, curry powder, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and gently toss to combine.
For leftover mashed potatoes, try this from Allrecipes.com:
Potato Pancakes II
• 2 cups mashed potatoes
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
• 1 tablespoon butter
1. In a medium bowl, mix together potatoes, egg, salt and cheese. Melt butter on a large griddle at medium heat. Drop potato mixture onto griddle 1/4 cup at a time. Flatten with a spatula to 1/2 inch thick. Fry approximately 5 minutes on each side. Serve hot. Makes 10 pancakes.
For many families, Thanksgiving means a plateful of delicious food – for several days.
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A stitch in time
They may be seasoned sewing veterans, but local members of the Oklahoma Home and Community Education clubs learned a new stitching craft Monday morning.
Beth Corn led the class, and the objective was to create decorative items from strips of fabric and cotton clothesline cord. Corn and fellow OHCE member Ann Lamons had several completed items on display, including coasters, trivets, throw rugs and even baskets with lids.
“I learned how to do this just watching TV, but I found some instructions in a book and printed them out for everybody,” said Corn. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes while learning, but that’s part of the fun. Once you learn how to do this today, you’ll be able to branch out and use the technique for all kinds of things.”
The class was well-attended, with so many mem bers some attendees ended up having to share sewing machines.
Sheppard takes place of Tinnin on TPS board
Members of the Tahlequah Public Schools Board of Education reorganized, swore in a new member, and passed a further adjustment to the 2013-14 school calendar.
TPS has missed 13 days during the school year due to inclement weather, and classes will not be held on March 31 for a professional development day approved by the school board in the consent docket.
The district has invited teachers, parents and community leaders to attend the Oklahoma Education Coalition rally at the state capitol to demonstrate support for increased education funding.
Cherokee Nation touts minimum wage hike, credit rating upgrade
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. made an appearance at Monday night’s tribal council meeting, as both Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden were out of town.
“As you know, it’s a very busy and crucial time at the state capitol this week,” said Hoskin. “As such, Chief Baker is in Oklahoma City tending to issues that relate to the tribe. Joe Crittenden in Washington, D.C., this week, attending the National Congress of the American Indian.”
Hoskin touted the recent executive order raising the tribe’s minimum wage, as well as news that the Cherokee Nation’s credit rating has been upgraded to triple B.
Greenwood Elementary’s fourth-grade robotics team headed to world competition with innovative project
When five Greenwood Elementary School fourth-graders volunteered to be part of a newly-forming robotics team this past October, they never dreamed that six months later, they’d be competing in a world championship tournament in Anaheim, Calif.
Bryson Page, Lyndsie Kinney, Rylee Jafrie, Ryan Mattox and Ashton Kinsey, along with two robotics teams from Tahlequah Middle School, fared well enough at VEX robotics team regional and state competitions to earn slots among 72 other teams competing for world recognition.
“Back in October, we received a donation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum from the Cherokee Nation,” said Nikki Molloy, Greenwood parent liaison and robotics team coach. “The donation was a robotic kit, and each elementary site, along with TMS, received kits. The first time we gave the kids the kits, we just let them have at it.”
Seizure issues growing more controversial
Aside from the texts and the rights they enumerate, there are some stark contrasts between the Third and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
Virtually no one disagrees about the Third Amendment. There are only rare instances of its being litigated, and it has never been the legal basis for a decision of the Supreme Court.
On the other hand, litigation and dissension over the Fourth Amendment is routine.
Education and consolidation topics at forum
State legislators enter the final week of bill hearings and committee meetings next week, and education and agency consolidation remain key concerns for local residents.
Friday morning, five area legislators made presentations and fielded questions from constituents during Legislative Focus at Go Ye Village. Lawmakers included Sen. Earl Garrison, D-Muskogee; Sen. Wayne Shaw, R-Grove; Rep. Will Fourkiller, D-Westville; Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove; and Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah.
Plea deal arranged for ex-fire chief
A former Cherokee County volunteer fire chief has agreed to plead guilty to forgery and embezzlement charges in exchange for a suspended sentence and payment of restitution.
Third Thursday Art Walk
Shoppers will have a chance to visit downtown merchants in the evening during the Tahlequah Main Street Association’s first Third Thursday Art Walk and After Party on Thursday, March 20.
Participating downtown businesses will keep their doors open to offer specials until 8 p.m., and artists will display their work at different locations. Art exhibitors, including the Cherokee Art Center’s Spider Gallery, will stay open late.
Sex offender bill reaches House
By a unanimous 44-0 vote of the Oklahoma Senate, a bill that would make it more difficult for registered sex offenders to change their names has reached the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 1421, authored by Kyle Loveless, Oklahoma City Republican, underwent its first reading in the House on Feb. 27.
Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said he did not know of any instances, during his service with the department, of registered sex offenders evading detection with new names for any length of time.
SB 1497 may aid transparency
Government transparency advocates were pleased, and some were surprised, when a proposed bill designed to strengthen Oklahoma’s Open Meetings Act passed the Senate Judicial Committee recently.
Senate Bill 1497, by Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, would allow citizens who are denied access to public meetings to bring civil lawsuits, and if the court rules in favor, to collect attorney’s fees. A continuing resolution has already been filed.
Should the legislation pass into law, it would become effective Nov. 1 this year.
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