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How Long Can I Keep a Turkey in the Freezer?

Ask the Chef


I have a concern. We have had a turkey frozen in the freezer since last Thanksgiving. Is it OK to thaw out, roast and cook?


As long as you have kept your freezer cold, you should have no problem using it after a year. Anything beyond one year might be a disappointment in terms of taste. So if anyone has been storing a turkey, now’s the time to use it!

For more on how to unthaw and cook a turkey, see our Terrific Turkey Tips.

Here are a couple of sites to check for further information: