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Mar 14, 2010 01:01 PM

Emergency turkey question!!!

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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  1. 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

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

    2. 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. 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

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

        2. 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).

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


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            1. re: Chefpaulo

              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.