Turkey stock.....or not??
Here it is Tues., and it's the first chance I've had to contemplate the nicely-trimmed turkey carcass in my fridge. It has been resting there since Thurs. early afternoon. Is that too long to now toss it in a pot with carrots, onions and celery to make some stock? It wasn't stuffed, if that makes a difference. I had meant to do this Sat., but there was always something else happening. Would appreciate opinions since I'd love to make homemade stock, but on the other hand, don't want to poison anybody partaking of it! TIA!
I respectfully differ with those offering a thumbs up on your 5 day old turkey carcass.
I might do it (unlikely) but would NEVER suggest anyone else do it.
A couple of years ago i did a check on refer temps among my friends and neighbors .
Of 7 refers checked by calibrated digital thermometer, 6 were OVER 40 degrees on the bottom shelf where one most probably would stow a carcass.
The warmest 2 as i recall were 43 and 44.
Of the 7 refers only one had a thermometer which was in the meat keeper tray but never looked at.
My advice is start boiling that carcass on the day following the serving of the bird or at least the day after that.
As to smelling it as the test for safety .......GAD!
I only started mine last night. Didn't intend to do it any sooner. We get a huge turkey every year so we have lots of leftover meat for sandwiches. I doubt I've ever gotten into the carcass enough to finish removing remaining meat for other uses any earlier in previous years. No gastric consequences to report.
Simmer away and fill your house with that wonderful aroma!
Thank you all so much for taking the time to respond! I really, really appreciate it, but in the end decided not to take any chances. Although my fridge is well within the cold ranch according to the thermometer (it's out in the garage and not opened and closed constantly), I'd then worry if the soup I made from it wasn't immediately consumed. My DH "sealed the deal" when he reminded me that my 87 yr-old father joins us for dinner nightly, and may not have the immune system of us (no so young) folks!