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How long can a thawed turkey sit in the fridge?

jnk Nov 27, 2012 04:28 PM

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. jnk Dec 2, 2012 11:40 AM

    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/

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      acgold7 Nov 27, 2012 07:20 PM

      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.

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        Cherylptw Nov 27, 2012 07:22 PM


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          hotoynoodle Nov 27, 2012 07:40 PM

          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
            jnk Nov 28, 2012 01:10 AM

            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.

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              coll Nov 28, 2012 04:13 AM

              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.

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                jnk Nov 28, 2012 04:47 AM

                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.

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                  Bacardi1 Nov 28, 2012 12:42 PM

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

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                    jnk Nov 29, 2012 12:53 AM

                    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
              Bacardi1 Nov 28, 2012 12:50 PM

              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.

          2. re: acgold7
            Brandon Nelson Nov 28, 2012 09:40 PM


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              Brandon Nelson Nov 28, 2012 09:41 PM

              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.

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              magiesmom Nov 27, 2012 06:54 PM

              cook it now.

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