Storing your frozen and refrigerated turkey products properly is very important.
- Frozen items should be stored in the freezer until you are ready to consume. Keep in mind that it takes 1 day for every 4 pounds of turkey to thaw. Check the instructions on the package to determine if the product needs to be thawed. There are some items that go from freezer to oven with no thawing.
- Fresh items should be stored in your refrigerator, between 35 degrees and 40 degrees.
- Store meats separately from fruits, vegetables, and cheeses to help eliminate cross-contamination.
- Once a frozen or fresh product is cooked, it should be placed in the refrigerator within 2 hours.
- A whole turkey should always be cut off the bone and into smaller pieces before storing in the refrigerator.
- Store stuffing, gravy, and turkey in separate containers.
- Lunchmeat, fully cooked smoked sausage, and strips are good for about 5 days after the Sell-By date. If the package is opened, it should be consumed within 2 to 3 days.
- Lunchmeat you purchase at the deli counter should be consumed within 7 days of purchase.
- Bacon should be consumed by the Sell-By date on package. Once opened, the product should be consumed within 5 to 7 days.
- All fresh items should be consumed by the Sell-By date on package. If the package is opened or the product is cooked, it should be consumed within 2 to 3 days.
- Frozen boneless roasts and whole breasts of turkeys should be consumed within 3 months of purchase. If the package is opened or cooked, it should be consumed within 2 to 3 days.