Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
Nov 27, 2012 04:28 PM

How long can a thawed turkey sit in the fridge?

The title says it all. I ended up with a turkey that couldn't be donated. It went into the fridge frozen on Wednesday and I'm guessing it's been completely thawed since Sunday. Thanks for your help.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. Depending upon your fridge temp, it can go at least another week. Don't listen to the silly panickers. And yes, you can re-freeze it with no ill effects.

      10 Replies
        1. re: Cherylptw

          lol, it's been in the fridge, thawed, only 2 days. cook it on the weekend, or whenever you have time beforehand.

          i also don't understand why it still can't be donated? like to a shelter?

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Believe me, the effort's been made. I like turkey, just hate carving it up (the mess). This is the only protein I have an issue with.

            1. re: jnk

              Turkeys usually come cryovaced (air tight) so if that is how it's packed, it will last thawed longer than meat with a loose wrapping over it.

              1. re: coll

                Thank you all. We missed our Thanksgiving meal this past week so we'll make up for it with friends on Saturday. I just didn't want them all to suffer from food poisoning. Thanks again.

                1. re: jnk

                  It'll be absolutely fine for you to cook & enjoy now. No worries - you won't poison anyone.

                  1. re: Bacardi1

                    I'll be cooking the bird on Friday for eating on Saturday. It's still in the plastic wrapping it came in.

            2. re: hotoynoodle

              Shelters & food pantries understandably only accept frozen meat rock-solid & fresh from the market. Ours checks your sales slips if you're donating fresh or frozen meat. The reason being that far too many people think it's acceptable to donate items that they wouldn't eat themselves. If you wouldn't eat it, it's pretty skanky to assume that the unfortunate folks who have to get goods from the food pantry should eat your castoffs.

            1. re: acgold7

              No "ill effects", but a loss of quality.

              A home freezer isn't cold enough to flash freeze food. The result will be a wetter bird with inferior texture. Freezing anything slowly allows water molecules to form ice crystals and rupture cell walls.

            2. As someone else said in another post..."I'm still alive". Tasted as good as any other previously frozen rock hard turkey. After spending a week and a half in the fridge it was fine/

              1. many stores are now selling turkeys not frozen [butterball] etc.
                im sure they have been out in the cooler several days.
                so much for the 2 day rule.

                2 Replies
                1. re: chrispeterson

                  But it has been thawed for almost 2 Years now. I wouldn't use it myself.

                2. I took my turkey out of the freezer last week and it was defrosted in the refrigerator, will it still be good on thanksgiving fir cooking?

                  2 Replies
                  1. re: Lucyj1

                    I put my turkey, in frig, to unthaw for a week,then i clean turkey, add rub put in turkey bag,for 5 days. If your turkey, doesn't have a odor or slimy,it is safe to cook and eat. I have been cooking my turkey this way for 20yrs and never had a problem. I hope this helps. Happy thanksgiving. .;p

                    1. re: mshauer7

                      While I agree that the Turkey is most likely fine, Scent and Slime do not tell whether Food is safe to eat.
                      Many Food Borne Pathogens do not have an odor and can not be seen or felt.