The Best Containers for Storing All Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Whether you've got a second feast left over or want to send guests home with pie, these are the right containers for the job.

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November 18, 2019

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When Thanksgiving is done right, leftovers are practically inevitable. For some, a leftover sandwich is the best part of the whole holiday, while others might just want to give the rest of the feast away and start fresh the following morning. No matter how you feel about Thanksgiving leftovers, you're going to need to find a way to store them or give them away. We've found the best containers for keeping everything from mashed potatoes to pie fresh following Turkey Day.


One Food Network staffer swears by these deli containers for all her meal-prep needs — and they're perfect for Thanksgiving leftovers, too. Three different sizes make it easy to store everything from gravy to sweet potato casserole. Plus, they're clear and stackable, so you won't forget about the leftovers in your fridge.

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The turkey carcass might not technically be leftovers, but you're going to want to hold onto it to make turkey stock — or give it to a guest who will. These jumbo zip top bags are the best way we know of to store it until you're ready to cook with it.

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These meal prep containers are the best way to send dessert home with guests. Pie slices fit naturally inside a round vessel, which make these a total Thanksgiving necessity.

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Do you make a Thanksgiving salad? If you find yourself with leftover salad greens or extra fresh cranberries (because, really, how much cranberry sauce can one really make?), these produce savers are the best way we've found for making fresh fruits and veggies last.

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These air-tight containers are ideal for storing all your liquids like gravy, cranberry sauce and even creamy mac and cheese. Plus, they're a test kitchen-favorite. We love that they're crystal clear, so there's no questioning what's inside.

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This 50-pack of containers is a number one best-seller on Amazon, and for good reason. For less than 50 cents per container, you can give these out to your guests for them to stock up on leftovers before walking out the door.

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If you're someone who prefers to keep food separate, these are the containers for you. They're perfect for storing a little bit of everything, so you don't waste space with storage containers you can't fill up.

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If you hosted Thanksgiving dinner, we don't blame you for wanting to keep some (or, even all!) of the leftovers for yourself. Make the reheating process super easy by storing everything in glass containers that are microwave and oven safe.

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Instead of a disposable zip-top bag, store your leftover dinner rolls in a stand-up Stasher bag. It'll keep them fresh without any waste.

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