freezing the fresh turkey?
Okay, I am cooking my second Thanksgiving and had a great moist bird last year using a kosher turkey from TJ's. I bought one today, but am unsure do I freeze it until next weekend and then start defrosting it, or do I keep it in the fridge?
Also will be my Mum's first Thanksgiving ever and want to make some great sides... any suggestions. I do have limited oven space since the turkey will take all the space up for ~3-4 hours on the day.
Go by the "use by" date on the label. Regulations allow turkeys chilled to below 32 degrees to be sold as "fresh". They in fact need a few days of defrosting. Since your bird is already in brine, that will further extend its safe refrigeration period. Go by what the label says.