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Nov 16, 2010 03:33 PM

Frozen Turkey????

My mother has a frozen turkey that she had since LAST Thanksgiving. She wants to roast it (not for Thanksgiving) so it doesn't go to waste. It's been in a freezer almost a year, how long can a frozen turkey stay frozen without going bad?

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  1. As long as it hasn't been thawed at any time since it was originally frozen it should be alright. The quality of the meat will deteriorate over time, even when frozen, but I've kept turkey frozen for as long as about 16 months and had good results. Just remember to defrost it in the refrigerator or, if it's too big for that, in a cold water bath. Do a Google search on defrosting turkey safely and you'll find all the info. you need to be successful.

    1. I always buy a bunch of turkeys when they go on sale for the holidays and keep them in my freezer to cook all year long. Last year I cooked a turkey for Thanksgiving I'd had since the Christmas before. Turkey came out just as juicy & delicious as if I'd just bought it.

      1. Depends on how it was packaged. If it's not freezer-burned, it should be fine.

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        1. re: pikawicca

          Excellent point. When I get these kinds of questions I rarely consider that not everyone knows how to wrap things for freezing. If the turkey was originally purchased frozen then it is likely to have been wrapped in good quality material. It it's been in a cheep plastic bag that allows air to pass through its pores it's probably freezer burned already.

        2. You'll know when it's thawed. If it's freezer-burned, you'll see and smell it. If you don't know what freezer burn is, you'll know it when you encounter it. As long as it is in its original, intact plastic skin-tight wrapping, it should be fine, since air will not have gotten to it.