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Thanksgiving bird question.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by PickawayCountyFarmer, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. PickawayCountyFarmer

    PickawayCountyFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    How long before Thanksgiving can I butcher the turkey and safely store him in the refrigerator without freezing? I would like to butcher on Sunday but I am concerned that will be too long in the fridge before Thursday.
     
  2. MyPetNugget

    MyPetNugget Enjoying the cold!!!

    Turkeys in the store sit there for months. I wouldn't be too worried about it being in the freezer for 5 days.
     
  3. MyPetNugget

    MyPetNugget Enjoying the cold!!!

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  4. PickawayCountyFarmer

    PickawayCountyFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    I would perfer not to freeze the bird if possible.
     
  5. MyPetNugget

    MyPetNugget Enjoying the cold!!!

    You could maybe try to do it the day before thanksgiving. I don't know how long they can sit on the counter. :p
     
  6. PickawayCountyFarmer

    PickawayCountyFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    I planned on leaving it in the spare fridge to keep it chilled, just didn't want to freeze it.
     
  7. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

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    Doing it the weekend before thanksgiving is perfect. That is when most people process so they can have a fresh turkey. Doing it on Sun allows your bird 3 days to sit in the refrigerator to go through rigor and then you cook on the 4th day. I am processing my 5 turkeys this Sun also, customers pick up on Mon.
    No freezing required .
     
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2013
  8. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm with Chicken Pickin on this one.

    Fresh meat must be handled properly. No leaving out on the counter. Make good use of that extra refrigerator. If I had an extra'fridge it would be full. BOth my chest freezers are full.

    Be sure to clean the bird before putting it into the 'fridge.
     

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