Storing an Uncooked Turkey

Turkey's on sale in July; can you save it until Thanksgiving? How long before the big day can you buy a fresh turkey and be safe? Find the answers here.


  1. Place a frozen turkey, unopened and still in its wrapper, in a freezer at 0 degrees F or colder. Store no longer than seven months.
  2. Store a fresh uncooked turkey in the coldest part of the refrigerator (wherever the cold air comes out) for no longer than four days.
  3. If you need to refreeze a thawed, previously frozen turkey, keep the turkey in its unopened wrapper or rewrap very tightly and put in the coldest part of the freezer.

Always remember to postpone stuffing a turkey until the moment you are ready to roast it.
Refreezing a turkey that has already been thawed is not recommended. Refreeze only if the turkey has been properly thawed within the past two days.

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