Turkey Emergency-need feedback!
To sum it up briefly, my turkey smells, well off. It is a Mary's Free Range Bird that was slaughtered halal (I bought it from a local halal butcher) and I picked it up this morning around 1030am. It felt cold when I got it, there were no frozen spots on the bottom at all and felt very cold. When I opened up the packaging there was a definite odor that was not at all pleasant, very funky.
As I haven't cooked a whole turkey in nearly a year and it's my first experience with a halal turkey, should it have any kind of smell? I am the type that would throw it out/return it if in doubt but with Thanksgiving less than 12 hours away I don't want to do anything rash. So far, I've only put my herb/salt rub on it and stuck it in the fridge.
Any advice/knowledge is appreciated!
Quick! Run it back to the butcher's and ask them to give it a whiff!!
[And I'm the one who usually says, "Don't worry; it'll be OK"].
yes, call the butcher & tell them you are on the way. If they don't have an extra turkey, they should give you something else - an "off" smelling bird is nothing to mess with! Better a non-traditional dinner than being sick from a bad bird.
I'm with Dr. Fujisaka on this one. I live in a magic house but a bad "whiff" and I'd head right back to the butcher.
Wanted to give an update to everyone about what happened. I still had the packaging and there was no date at all on it, the packaging was never in the fridge so I know there was no odor contamination from materials already present. I called the owner and he told me to bring it back and he would give me another turkey. I said no and that I can't take the chance of it being bad once I got home and if he could just refund the money. He agreed, so I ran the bird, packaging, and giblets over and he gave me my check back.
I managed to get over to Whole Foods and despite their dwindling supplies managed to score a Diestel All Natural as a replacement. I got it home and unwrapped, it still had some frost from the trip from Sonoma and IT DIDN'T SMELL (this confirmed for me how off the other turkey was). I will have to tweak my recipe slightly but all in all it seemed to work out in the end. Any screw-up is on me now!