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Frozen Turkey from last year still good?

Started 1353083597.027 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1353257820.81 by Grade1Teach

I just never got around to having it since I brought it home last year so I'm wondering now if it's ok to defrost and prepare for this Thanksgiving.

You can't reason with unreasonable people.

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qvcfan5261353083739.8331091 PostsRegistered 3/14/2007Work

My MIL would say yes but I say NO. It will definately have a funny taste to it.

Bikkie1353083846.683942 PostsRegistered 10/7/2009

Oh my God... no...

Skylands1353083946.856357 PostsRegistered 5/30/2010

No! I wouldn't take the time and effort on this. Let alone serve it to my friends & family.

millieshops1353083977.3715102 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007

I'd call Butterball and ask to be sure.

If that turkey was in a refrigerator/freezer, I myself would be leery. If you had it deep into a chest freezer that was truly cold cold, I'd feel safer.

Still, I'd check with the experts.

crystal101353084014.537218 PostsRegistered 4/9/2012

absolutely NO

danni rose1353084085.912552 PostsRegistered 5/14/2011

i googled (c&p) - your choice:

The surprising answer to all of you is that in terms of safety, frozen turkeys will keep indefinitely in the freezer. Quality is another matter, however, and is said to decline after about a year.So only one of you is assured of having a juicy, flavorful turkey that you could confidently serve to family and guests (assuming you don't overcook it).

The others might be fine, as well. But, at least for the seriously aged birds, we would not cook them with the intention of impressing our future in-laws at a holiday banquet. We'd thaw them, see if they looked satisfactory in their raw state, then cook them and, again, pending a satisfactory taste test, make buckets of soup, casseroles, and all sorts of other dishes that could then get lost in the newly spacious freezer.

polar1353084399.882690 PostsRegistered 11/7/2005

What an excellent question luvbigdogs because I too have a turkey that I bought last November. I have it thawing now.

LisaB1353084532.62884 PostsRegistered 1/8/2007

NO!

polar13530845602690 PostsRegistered 11/7/2005

If it smells good I will make dog food out it.

snickster1353084690.643679 PostsRegistered 7/28/2012

I don't know about turkey, but I recently was digging in my deep freezer, came out with ham that had been in there a little less than a year, prepared it and it tasted "funny". We just had the sides for dinner that night. :)

luvmypupz1353084701.814991 PostsRegistered 8/30/2010By the Sea Shore

I don't think anything would be wrong with it, but I don't know how it would taste. I probably would not use it for Thanksgiving dinner, but would thaw it and cook it later, if its not tasty then toss it. If you don't want to tie up your time cooking it, then I would just toss it out.

"I confronted the fact that I was not only talking to a dog, but answering for one." - Claire Cook, Must Love Dogs

circles1353085046.99717555 PostsRegistered 5/11/2005N.J.

I wouldn't eat it.....Turkey is cheap this time of year...many stores would have them on sale....go buy a turkey you can be sure its safe to cook and eat.....

PamelaSuei­n721353085435.067575 PostsRegistered 10/23/2012

About one year old? Yes. I've done it. Last year, in fact, for Thanksgiving. I brined it and prepared it just like I normally would. And it was fine. I wouldn't go longer than one year though. My turkey was in a chest freezer, at the very bottom. Honestly, it was fine.

ssfbeagle1353086819.333593 PostsRegistered 11/2/2008

I had a turkey in the freezer also for a year. I called the Butterball hotline and asked if it was okay to use. They said yes although it may be a bit dry. I cooked it and no problems developed. No one got food poisoning and it tasted fine.

Bikkie1353086902.893942 PostsRegistered 10/7/2009

I'm sure it's safe but look at how badly chopped meat and other frozen items get freezer burn after just a few months.

SAgal1353087566.4332140 PostsRegistered 8/25/2007
No way - it's too important a day to have something that doesn't turn out well.

Nature is the art of God.

RedTop1353091933.6534614 PostsRegistered 9/1/2010

If I knew the freezer history of this turkey, I wouldn't have any qualms about cooking it and serving it to my family. However, I might err on the side of caution, and NOT cook it for an important event like Thanksgiving, where it might possibly be remembered for years as "the bad turkey Thanksgiving" or something to that effect. Generally I use my frozen turkeys or turkey breasts before 6-8 months.

shamalamad­ingdong41353093478.9071088 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004
It probably won't make anyone sick, but I doubt that it would taste good. It could be dry and/or suffering from freezer burn. I would not make it for Thanksgiving, especially if you are having guests.

Just grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to remember the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

rondell1353095493.5813373 PostsRegistered 12/17/2009USA
On 11/16/2012 danni rose said:

i googled (c&p) - your choice:

The surprising answer to all of you is that in terms of safety, frozen turkeys will keep indefinitely in the freezer. Quality is another matter, however, and is said to decline after about a year.So only one of you is assured of having a juicy, flavorful turkey that you could confidently serve to family and guests (assuming you don't overcook it).

The others might be fine, as well. But, at least for the seriously aged birds, we would not cook them with the intention of impressing our future in-laws at a holiday banquet. We'd thaw them, see if they looked satisfactory in their raw state, then cook them and, again, pending a satisfactory taste test, make buckets of soup, casseroles, and all sorts of other dishes that could then get lost in the newly spacious freezer.

Thanks, danni rose!

BeckiWV1353098419.9633548 PostsRegistered 4/12/2011

I probably would not.

chickenbutt1353098618.00324237 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

Is it vacuum-sealed?

Bippity boppity BOOYAH!

disneynut571353112840.04289 PostsRegistered 7/25/2008

I've done it before - and served it for Thanksgiving. It was excellent! It was in a stand-alone freezer.

danni rose1353113085.382552 PostsRegistered 5/14/2011
On 11/16/2012 rondell said:
On 11/16/2012 danni rose said:

i googled (c&p) - your choice:

<p style="line-height: 150%;">The surprising answer to all of you is that in terms of safety, frozen turkeys will keep indefinitely in the freezer. Quality is another matter, however, and is said to decline after about a year.So only one of you is assured of having a juicy, flavorful turkey that you could confidently serve to family and guests (assuming you don't overcook it).

<p style="line-height: 150%;">The others might be fine, as well. But, at least for the seriously aged birds, we would not cook them with the intention of impressing our future in-laws at a holiday banquet. We'd thaw them, see if they looked satisfactory in their raw state, then cook them and, again, pending a satisfactory taste test, make buckets of soup, casseroles, and all sorts of other dishes that could then get lost in the newly spacious freezer.

Thanks, danni rose!

you're welcome.

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depglass1353113678.3224103 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

We used to have a huge chest freezer. I once found a package of chicken pieces in the bottom that was two years old. I was going to toss it, but good ol' cheap DH said no, so I cooked it up. Sometimes he just has to learn the hard way. Guess who said throw the whole mess out when he tasted the first bite. Fish goes off taste first, poultry second, beef third. We switched to a small freezer when we moved and no longer stock as much frozen food.

insomniac1353143342.7977597 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

HORROR STORY!

insomniac

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