Chapter 2. Storing an Uncooked Turkey
Rule #4: Store turkeys at 40 degrees F. or below.
Store turkeys in the coldest part of your refrigerator, in the back
on a lower shelf.
Q: How long can a whole turkey be kept
A: A whole frozen turkey in its original packaging
may be stored at 0 degrees F. for up to one year before the quality
begins to deteriorate. Properly thawed frozen turkeys can be
refrigerated in their original packaging from 1 to 5 days before
Q: How long can a fresh turkey be kept
A: A locally raised fresh turkey will last only
1-2 days refrigerated at 40 degrees F. or below. Commercially
raised fresh turkeys in their unopened packaging may last longer
and should be marked with a "Use By" date, which is your best
indicator (but in our experience that date stretches the quality
and freshness a day too long); they may usually be kept as long as
3-4 days under refrigeration.
Perfect Turkey Handbook
Tips Before Cooking
Buying a Turkey
- What size turkey should I buy?
- Is it better to buy one large turkey or two small ones?
- Should I buy fresh or frozen?
- What about turkeys that have been injected with fats and
- What about turkey parts and frozen stuffed turkeys?
Storing an Uncooked Turkey
- How long can a whole turkey be kept frozen?
- How long can a fresh turkey be kept refrigerated?
Thawing a Frozen Turkey
- Thawing Rules
- Thawing Methods
- Turkey Thawing Charts
Stuffing (or Not Stuffing) a Turkey
- Is it best to cook the stuffing inside the bird, or separately
in a baking dish?
- If I do want to stuff the bird, what's the best way to do
- How much stuffing do I need?
- Do I need to close up the cavity after it has been
Preparing the Turkey for Roasting
- Preparations Step-by-Step
- Stuffing & Trussing
- Do I need to truss the bird's legs, or can I just roast it the
Roasting the Turkey
- Roasting Step-by-Step
- How do I keep the breast meat moist when cooking?
Chapter 7. How
to Tell When It's Done
- Use a Meat Thermometer
- My turkey comes with a plastic pop-up timer. Can't I use that
- How accurate are "recommended cooking times"?
- How can I tell when the turkey is done?
- USDA Timetable for Turkey Roasted at 325 degrees F.
Making the Gravy
- Rules for Making Gravy
- Making the Basic Gravy
- Additions to Gravy
Carving the Bird
- Basic Carving steps
- Removing the Thigh, Drumstick & Wings
- Carving the breast
Storing Leftovers & Food Safety After
- Storing leftovers
- Reheating leftovers
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Using a Meat Thermometer
This page modified November 2006