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Emergency turkey question!!!

ccrow Mar 14, 2010 01:01 PM

I just realized that after looking for something in the freezer, I forgot to replace a whole turkey! It has been out @ room temp. for about 48 hours. Is it still safe if I cook it right away? Or should I toss it?

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    ccrow Mar 14, 2010 04:11 PM

    Well, I may be a sissy, but I decided to toss it. It's worth whatever the darn thing cost to be sure of not getting sick. Thanks for all the responses!

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    1. re: ccrow
      HungryinBmore Mar 15, 2010 04:07 AM

      Was it a Shadybrook Farms AKA CARGILL Turkey, lol?? Gotta love Cargill Products. Glad you tossed the Turkey.

      1. re: HungryinBmore
        phofiend Mar 15, 2010 11:27 AM

        Explain, please?

        1. re: phofiend
          HungryinBmore Mar 15, 2010 11:54 AM

          Cargill, you know. They had the massive E.Coli recall not to long ago. Google is your friend ;)

    2. mcf Mar 14, 2010 04:10 PM

      No way would I cook poultry that's been out at room temp that long, no matter how cold you think it is.
      The outer parts have been way too warm for too long, no matter how chilled the inner parts still are.

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      1. re: mcf
        westsidegal Mar 15, 2010 01:20 PM

        second mcf's recommendation here.
        look at it this way:
        what is the upside? saving $30 or so
        what is the downside? getting REALLY sick for days

        would i pay $30 to decrease my chances of getting really sick for days? the answer is YES.

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        appycamper Mar 14, 2010 03:23 PM

        personally, i'd probably go for it. but as for serving it i'd waffle some. for immediate family of healthy adults who know the provenance, i'd be okay. no kids, no elderly family, no immune suppressed anyone, no guests.

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        1. re: appycamper
          Ruth Lafler Mar 15, 2010 04:35 PM

          That would be my way of dealing with it as well. At the very least, I would make turkey stock out of it, since then I wouldn't have to worry about it being cooked past bacterial stage in its entirety.

          But I see the OP decided to toss it.

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          StheJ Mar 14, 2010 03:15 PM

          I would not cook it.

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            Chefpaulo Mar 14, 2010 03:11 PM

            If still asceptically sealed, I'd go for it as well.


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            1. re: Chefpaulo
              chococat Mar 15, 2010 04:18 PM

              I don't think any raw fresh/frozen meat can be considered to be asceptic or asceptically packaged. There will always be some level of viable bacteria present, pathogenic or not.

            2. JohnE O Mar 14, 2010 03:02 PM

              What doesn't kill you will only make you stronger. (I.e., if it cost more than $10 than go ahead and cook and eat it).

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                rafjel Mar 14, 2010 01:51 PM

                I don't know if it's too late, but I would definitely roast it too. It seems a shame to waste it, and what's the worst that could happen? Though I grew up in a family that didn't staunchly follow typical North American food safety practices (which seem quite excessive to me anyway) just because of what was deemed normal in my parents' culture, so what makes you sick may not make me sick. But I'd give it a shot...

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                1. re: rafjel
                  mamaciita Mar 14, 2010 01:55 PM

                  We play pretty fast and loose with food safety rules at our house--I'd go for it.

                2. Sam Fujisaka Mar 14, 2010 01:40 PM

                  I would roast it; but that's just me. Part of my response is based on that my freezer is so cold that a turkey would need at least 48 hours to thaw properly.

                  1. goodhealthgourmet Mar 14, 2010 01:08 PM

                    if it doesn't smell funky AND it's still *cold* to the touch, it may be ok. but if it's completely defrosted and room temp, ABSOLUTELY toss it.

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                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                      ccrow Mar 14, 2010 01:19 PM

                      Yeah, it's room temp, all right. >sigh<

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