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10 lb Turkey Breast - sitting in fridge for 6 days - is it safe to roast?

A Petit Nov 27, 2006 03:29 PM

Bought the turkey breast frozen on Tuesday (Nov 21) and left it in the fridge to thaw. Didn't get a chance to brine nor cook it because we spent Thanksgiving at my in-laws. I just found it in the bottom shelf this morning and thought I'd check to see if it still was safe to cook. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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    amoncada Nov 29, 2006 03:29 PM

    I wouldn't take a chance. Prices have gone down significantly for frozen turkey. You can pick up a new one for cheap cheap!

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    1. re: amoncada
      A Petit Nov 30, 2006 04:32 PM

      Yep, prices have definitely gone down for frozen turkey. I just am not prepared to eat another batch of turkey in the next 30 days or so as my family and I had just scarfed down that huge turkey breast I roasted - and it was, still pretty good! No stomach upsets here. Thanks, all!

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      A Petit Nov 29, 2006 05:27 AM

      I totally agree with you, opinionatedchef - that is why when I read their advice, I felt much better because they are known to give expert advice and I respect their opinions.

      1. opinionatedchef Nov 27, 2006 05:08 PM

        a petit,
        karl s and capt w have given you exc advice.(they ALWAYS give exc. advice!)

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          emilief Nov 27, 2006 04:30 PM

          I disagree. If you put it to thaw on Tuesday it was thawed by Thursday and has been sitting for four days??? Last week I wanted to pick up my turkey at Whole FOods on SUnday and they told me I could not keep a fresh bird in the refrigrator from SUnday to Thursday safely unless I put it in the freezer until TUesday.I think you are taking a chance- is it worth it to get food poisoning??

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          1. re: emilief
            Karl S Nov 27, 2006 04:51 PM

            But were you picking up a frozen or fresh bird? If the latter, they were tacking on all the days that bird had already been thawed. Thawed birds are often given well over a week in the supermarket.

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              lunchbox Nov 28, 2006 05:58 PM

              Though I certainly agree with your concern and the reasoning the WF folks gave you (I often keep meets in a semi-frozen state-26-32 degrees- for a few days before fully thawing them to cook; it lets me keep meat fresh for days longer)- APetite had one advantage- the turkey sat undisturbed in a cooled, sealed fridge- the temperature was lower in there because as she and her family were out of town- no one was opening and closing the door.

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              A Petit Nov 27, 2006 04:03 PM

              Thank you both very much for your advice. Good to know that it's still good after sitting in the fridge that long!

              1. Cpt Wafer Nov 27, 2006 03:43 PM

                Your nose knows. If it smells o.k. I'd cook it.

                1. Karl S Nov 27, 2006 03:31 PM

                  Should be fine. They are left for longer in supermarkets....

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