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How Long to Store a Fresh Turkey in the Refrigerator

by Dawna

Thanks for all your help in the past. I have a NEW question!

I picked up a fresh turkey today (the 18th) .. but we won't eat it until the 25th! So, if we only use 4 days for brining.. is it safe to keep my turkey in the fridge until the 21st and then start with the brining? Or should I start brining earlier and just keep it brining until the 24th?

Don't want to kill off my family with salmonella or anything ;)

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Fresh Turkey Storage Time Guidelines
by: Karen from DDP

Hi Dawna,

I'm not 100% sure about the fresh turkey storage time-- especially since it can change from turkey to turkey. Is there a sell-by date on the turkey at all? If so, I'd go with that, as long as the the turkey is unopened. Here's what I've gathered about fresh turkey storage: a locally raised turkey should only be stored 1-2 days (though I bet you could stretch it to 3). A commercially raised unfrozen turkey, though, can be kept in the fridge longer (as long as it's not opened). Usually 4-5 days.

Hope this helps! And that your Christmas turkey comes out totally gorgeous!!

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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