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How Long Can I Keep a Turkey in the Freezer?

Ask the Chef

Question:

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?

Answer:

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:

www.fsis.usda.gov

www.ochef.com