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Old 12-09-2006, 10:26 AM   #1
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Turkey thawing

I thawed out our turkey 4 days to soon in the refrigerator.
Will it still be safe keeping it in the frige?

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Old 12-09-2006, 10:35 AM   #2
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I'd give it the "sniff" test. If the packaging is sealed tight it should be O.K. for a few days when thawed. But if you don't want to cook it for a few days yet . . . I think I would go ahead and cook it now if it seems O.K. and it's been thawed for a few days already.
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Old 12-09-2006, 10:46 AM   #3
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Leave it in the fridge sealed up. It should be fine if it hasn't been out of the fridge.
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Old 12-09-2006, 11:32 AM   #4
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I'm sure it will be fine.

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Old 12-09-2006, 11:45 AM   #5
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Yeah, should be ok if it's sealed.

Put it on the bottom shelf as far back as possible.
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Old 12-09-2006, 09:58 PM   #6
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Thanks for the good advice! It cooked up nice in the turkey fryer!
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Old 12-10-2006, 04:51 PM   #7
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Dougr hello and welcome to DC. The Turkey should be fine since it has not been out of the refrigerator.
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Old 12-10-2006, 05:52 PM   #8
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Keep in mind that many - if not all - supermarket turkeys marketed as "fresh" have actually been "chilled" to a degree where they are at least semi-frozen. They are then completely thawed & sold as "fresh", with quite a long "sell by" date. This has been a back-&-forth bone of contention with the USDA for quite a while.

So while you've already cooked your bird & enjoyed it, if this ever happens again, don't despair - it will be fine.
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