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How long do I need to let my turkeys rest in the fridge after saughter and before freezing?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by up home, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. up home

    up home Hatching

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    How long do I need to let my turkeys rest in the fridge after saughter and before freezing? They are about 17 weeks old and between 20 and 30 lbs.
     

  2. jbirds2012

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    3 or 4 days make up some salt water ( brine ) to soak them in, then you can freeze them or cook them up. good luck to ya :)
     
  3. Lagerdogger

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    I like to let things sit for about 2 days. My wife gets them out of there after about 1 day. I wouldn't brine until just before cooking. However, we almost always eat our birds fresh. I don't think I've had a frozen turkey for four years.
     
  4. up home

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    Thanks, thats about what we did, having one tomorrow for Canadian Thanksgiving. Can't wait.
     
  5. Arielle

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    Enjoy your HOliday!!!

    I don't brine--I find turkey salty enough as it is when I make the pan drippings into gravy. I don't need to add salt to the drippings usually.
     
  6. Celie

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    I brine a turkey to make sure it is juicy and not dry, it doesn't make the bird too salty, because I wash it off well before cooking. The brine works through osmosis, but it will absorb the seasoning, funny how that works![​IMG]
     
  7. zekii

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    Opps... we always butcher and freeze the same day, never had any problem with the
    meat, but I guess next time we will wait 2 or 3 days before freezing.

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  8. up home

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    No we didn't brine the turkey, and it was great. We had a lovely feast and fed about 20 people. Thanks for the replies.
     
  9. BarneyChick97

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    So it sounds like it really doesn't matter if you brine or not? Or freeze right away or not?? Something new I might try too. The last turkey's we had, we froze right away. We also had one fresh (did 4 at the same time). We even waited almost a year to eat the last frozen one, and it was STILL good!! (we put them in 4 bags each) We are going to process one big girl today (cause she hurt her leg--too heavy), and we've been debating to do the brine before. It all sounds very interesting, but maybe now I'll wait and let her sit in the fridge for a few days before I freeze her to decide, to brine, or not to brine?? [​IMG]
     

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