How long can I store a butchered turkey in the fridge?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by kathleengp, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. kathleengp

    kathleengp Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    I butchered Monday and wanted to do a weekend turkey dinner today. I put 3 in the freezer but ran out of space and put 1 in the fridge. I was going to cook it today but now I'm worried that's it's been in the fridge too long? What do you think? Is 6 days too long to wait to cook?

  2. christineavatar

    christineavatar Songster

    May 1, 2011
    Bolinas, CA
    I use three days as a deadline for refrigeration. Any longer and there is a freshness problem. Could you borrow space in a neighbors freezer for a week?
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    A freshly killed and properly cleaned turkey should be just fine if refrigerated for a week.

    I probably wouldn't leave it much longer than that.

    One thing about poultry: it starts to smell "off" before it actually becomes dangerous to eat. So if your turkey doesn't smell funky, go ahead and cook it.

    A store bought turkey, I wouldn't leave as long because it is already several (or many) days old at the time you purchase it.
  4. kathleengp

    kathleengp Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    Thanks guys! I checked it for any off smell and it smelled fresh and nice still, so I went ahead and cooked it up today - it was just fine :)

    Next time I will think ahead and maybe ask a friend for freezer space before I get myself stuck with one in the fridge this long - that's a great idea!

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