How long to age a turkey?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by snugglepup, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. snugglepup

    snugglepup Songster

    Apr 15, 2007
    Creedmoor, NC
    We butchered two young turkeys yesterday morning. When would be best to cook them?
  2. I'd give them 24 hours before you freeze them, and 48 if your going to cook directly. If they were heritage breed so older than the 20 weeks the meat ones are done you might want to go a day longer.
  3. mswiggi

    mswiggi In the Brooder

    Dec 4, 2007
    I age mine three days.
  4. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    3 days is best.
  5. dbjay417

    dbjay417 Songster

    Dec 14, 2007
    quick Q when you talk aging, your talking about refrigerating in water?
  6. mswiggi

    mswiggi In the Brooder

    Dec 4, 2007
    I quick cool my birds right after slaughter in water, half ice, half water. You don't want too much ice as the bird will actually begin to freeze. You really need to cool the internal temp of the turkey down to at least 40F. I then drain the bird, pat it down with a paper towel and bag it. The birds (depending on how many I have) will go in the fridge (1 or 2), in coolers (several), or if I have a lot of birds I bag them and set them on a table in the garage, mind you when I do this the temp is usually less than 40F, but above freezing.

    After the initial cool down I don't keep them in water.
    Even if you are freezing the birds let them age 3 days.

    My Thanksgiving turkeys I always age 5 days. It is the best bird you'll ever eat.

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