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Nov 26, 2013 04:56 PM

Trader Joe's Fresh Turkey- Should I trust the store signs?

I bought a Trader Joes Fresh Turkey this past Saturday. It will have been sitting in the fridge for 5 days until I will roast it this Friday. I only bought it so far in advance because I don't have time and the sign at the store claimed it would be good until Thanksgiving.

Anybody think the turkey is suspect and I should just toss it and buy a new one?

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  1. Why on earth would you buy a fresh turkey if you weren't confident it would remain safe until you planned to cook it? You could have gotten a frozen one. Friday is NOT Thanksgiving.

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    1. re: greygarious

      I'm inexperienced.

      Lucky me I get 2 thanksgivings, both Thursday AND FRIDAY with both sides of my family. : )

    2. Yes, just chuck it out. The entire human species has survived to this point because we are THAT delicate.

      1. There should be a "use by date" on the turkey somewhere. If not there should be an 800 to call, Good luck.

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        1. re: wienermobile

          Yes, look for the use by date on the package- should be on the sticker that also has the weight, price per pound and total price on it.

        2. I'd just unwrap and smell it. If poultry is off, it really stinks. But it's not generally a good idea to buy a fresh turkey that early.

          1. You can freeze it tonight.....then take it out and thaw it in the morning.....

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            1. re: fourunder

              The turkey won't be anywhere near frozen by then, and if it is it still takes about 4 days to *thaw* a frozen turkey safely.

              1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                Whether it freezes solid or not is not the point. It will freeze partially, which effectively buys you more time.....and if it's not completely frozen...then it won't need four days and it's close to what a fresh labeled turkey is from the store...which is, r was, partially frozen