Turkey refrigeration times

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by pblmt, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. pblmt

    pblmt Newbie

    So, I picked up a turkey last thursday from Costco - wanted to pick it up early to get a good choice of bird. It's a fresh 21 pound butterball. Last night I started thinking of how long it would last in the refrigerator (37 degrees).

    On the usda site they list that a fresh turkey should only be refrigerated for 1-2 days - by the time I cook this thing, it's going to be 6 in the fridge before cook time and I'm obviously a bit weary of getting people sick.

    I guess my question is - would you cook this bird under these conditions?
  2. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    If you brine it, the salt will prohibit bacterial growth and you can stretch it out another couple days without worrying.

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