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Nov 23, 2009 06:10 PM

Turkey thawed in fridge 8 days...ok to use?

First post. I apologize in advance if I screwed up. I did a search and didn't find anything like this on the boards, so here's my dilemna:

Bought 12.5lb turkey last Monday and put it in the fridge to use on Thursday for a "Pre-Thank" dinner. Dinner was canceled. Tomorrow will be its eighth day sitting in the front-bottom shelf of my fridge. Can I still use it for this Thursday? It is pre-basted and still in original plastic wrapping, but there is a small puncture hole where juices have leaked out. If y'all give me the majority vote, I'll brine it tonight for Thursday, or even better Wed.

Google search seems to tell me 3-4 days after thawing for 2-3 days. Not too specific, but it seems like I'd be pushing it at 7 days. Has anybody ever done the same?

If not, I'm going to throw it in a pot and make turkey soup. Not the first time I've used borderline meat for soups/stews!!

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Since Turkey isn't terribly expensive, I'd opt for chucking it myself. But then again, I've had a few bouts of horrible food poisoning from poultry, so I am extra cautious.

    I certainly wouldn't roast it, but maybe boiling the heck out of it may do it. Be sure to wash it extensively before putting it into the pot, and be sure to cut it up (and wash the individual pieces).

    And don't forget to wash everything the turkey touches, lots of soap and water. I'm not a neat person, but I'm very clean. (Yes it's sterile under that clutter) :)

    But ask yrself if it's worthwhile to risk food poisoning so close to the big Turkey Day

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      1. I wouldn't use it at all

        1. You're right. It was a little over $5. Stupid of me even to consider it, but I just hate to throw away such a huge hunk of potential. What else can I do with it?? Can dogs still stomach it?

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          1. re: shao57

            turkey is very rich for dogs, I give mine a little mixed with their regular food but I don't think it's a great idea just to feed them turkey.

          2. The turkey is safe to eat if you haven't left it out at a temp over 40F. degrees. The restaurant I work thawed it's turkeys for service on Thanksgiving last Monday as well and they've been kept in the refrigerator to be stuffed Wed. Of course, if you want to throw money out, it's your money.....JMO but if it's not good enough for me to eat, I can't imagine giving it to my dog.

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            1. re: Cherylptw

              It should be fine, considering that you had it in the coldest part of the refrigerator and that it is prebasted - which means it has been salted and salt is a preservative. Just don't brine it! NEVER brine a bird whose ingredient label already includes salt. Doing that WILL ruin the meal. If the raw bird is at all smelly or slimy, I would not cook it for human consumption but absolutely cook it - cut up raw turkey and simmer covered in water for 3-4 hours. Turkey is not fatty enough to cause GI upset in your dogs as long as they don't gorge ona huge amount. You can debone it, or if you cook it extra-long (like 8+ hours), the bones will become soft and you can just press them into small, soft chunks which are safe for pets to eat. Divide it up into bags or containers and freeze, so you can thaw some once or twice a week and add it to their regular ration. Dog and cats have far less sensitive guts than we do - after all, they evolved happily eating carrion and feces. Just sayin'....