“Once a frozen turkey is thawed, it should be cooked within two days,” Hanes said. She said some people prefer a fresh turkey, so they should plan on waiting to pick it up from the store until one or two days before they plan to cook it.
How long can you keep a thawed turkey in the refrigerator before cooking?
A thawed turkey can remain in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. If necessary, a turkey that has been properly thawed in the refrigerator may be refrozen.
How long can a raw turkey stay in the fridge?
If properly stored, raw turkey can last in the fridge for 1–2 days, while cold cuts last up to 5 days. How long does cooked turkey last in the fridge? If you have leftovers that include cooked turkey, you can expect those to last in the refrigerator for 3–4 days.
Do you have to cook a thawed turkey right away?
In cold water
Fill your sink, or a large pan, with cold water − enough to cover the turkey. Place the turkey in the water. Change the water every half‐hour until the turkey is thawed. A turkey thawed in cold water should be cooked right away, as soon as it is thawed.
Can I keep a fresh turkey in the fridge for a week?
The issue with keeping a fresh, raw turkey in your refrigerator for more than a couple of days isn’t the pathogens that cause food poisoning, says Ben Chapman, the N.C. State University food-safety extension specialist. The problem is spoiled meat. “You’re going to get off-flavors, off-smells,” he says.
How long does it take to thaw a 15 pound turkey in the refrigerator?
Slow: Thaw in the Refrigerator
How long it takes: Allow approximately 24 hours for every 5 pounds of turkey. A 15-pound bird will take about 3 days to thaw completely.
How do I know if my turkey went bad?
The best way to tell if turkey is still good is smell and texture. As StillTasty.com points out, if the turkey has a sour odor and/or a slimy texture, it’s probably not good anymore — no matter what the date on the package says.
Can you eat cooked turkey after 5 days?
USDA recommends using cooked turkey within 3 to 4 days, kept refrigerated (40°F or less). Refrigeration slows but does not stop bacterial growth. Never leave leftovers at room temperature.
How long does it take to thaw a 14 pound turkey?
So, if the turkey weighs 4 to 12 pounds, plan for it to defrost in the fridge for one to three days. If it’s 12 to 16 pounds, make sure it’s placed in the fridge three to four days before the holiday arrives.
Can I leave my turkey out overnight to thaw?
You shouldn’t. This might be surprising since many of us have defrosted frozen chicken on the counter at least once, but the answer is a hard “no” when it comes to a full turkey. And in terms of the chicken, you’re really not supposed to thaw it out on the counter anyway.
What if your turkey isn’t completely thawed?
If There’s No Time to Thaw
If you’re up against the clock and have no time left for even the “quick” cold-water thaw, then just cook the turkey as it is. It’s perfectly safe to cook a frozen or partially frozen turkey — you just need to allow some extra cooking time.