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How long is a defrosted turkey good for?

annmac Nov 26, 2013 09:47 AM

Due to an impending snowstorm here in Western New York and the work schedules of my guests, Thanksgiving is postponed until Saturday. I've had a 20-lb turkey thawing in the fridge since Friday. My fridge tends to run cold. I estimate it will be fully thawed tomorrow (Wednesday). Will it still be OK to cook on Saturday?

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    mwk RE: annmac Nov 26, 2013 09:52 AM

    if it's still partially frozen today, it will be fine for Saturday. I wouldn't let it go past that, though.

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      TrishUntrapped RE: mwk Nov 26, 2013 09:59 AM

      They can last a surprisingly long time. I bought a fresh turkey on Sunday and was told it was good until Dec. 6.

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      Puffin3 RE: annmac Nov 26, 2013 11:24 AM

      Keep it as low in your fridge as you can and try not to open the door too much. The bird will be just fine IMO.

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        kseiverd RE: annmac Nov 26, 2013 12:47 PM

        Thinking a 20 lb bird, frozen solid last Friday, is very likely to NOT be totally thawed even tomorrow. You'll probably be able to remove the "gifts" from inside, but I'd put money on a good chance you'd still find ice crystals tomorrow. Wouldn't think twice about waitiing till Saturday to roast it.

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          annmac RE: kseiverd Nov 26, 2013 01:13 PM

          Thanks, everyone! Needless to say, I'm feeling a lot better about the situation.

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