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Nov 28, 2012 11:07 AM

How long is a turkey carcass good for?

Last year, in laws tossed carcass in garbage before I had a chance to take it. And their garbage is pretty gross, so I didn't try to rescue it.

This year, I made it clear I wanted the carcass. But life got busy, and it's still in my fridge. In a box, with foil on top. Safe to use to make stock? Or should I toss it at this point (Been in there since Thanksgiving).


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  1. I just made my stock last night after pretty much the same fridge keeping. Stock is great!

      1. re: fourunder

        Yep, I wouldn't wait much more than a week after.

      2. I give my carcass a cold fridge lifespan of 6 days. Made my stock over a 2-day period of this past Mon./Tues.

        If I were you I'd start boiling/simmering that carcass up tonight into tomorrow the latest. Otherwise stick it in the freezer for a later date.

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        1. re: Bacardi1

          And if you break up the carcass BEFORE throwing in the freezer, you don't have to wait for it to thaw before starting your stock goodness. Bonus? Takes up less room in the freezer as well.

          1. re: smtucker

            Ditto. I always break the carcass down asap, whether I'll be using it right away or freezing it.

        2. It's fine.

          A carcass properly refrigerated will easily last 10 days or more.