Turkey use by date

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Chumpy

Turkey use by date

I bought a fresh Turkey Crown from one of the big Supermarkets last week. Put it in the freezer and when I took it out to defrost it and cook today, it says use by today. As there are only 2 of us to cook for, it seems as if A LOT is gooing to be wasted. Any ideas what I can do please?

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Leftover turkey

There are plenty of ideas in our Christmas Leftovers gallery...
http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/galleries/christmas-recipe-gallery-leftovers

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Thistledo

Leftover turkey

Chumpy, that's an easy one. You don't want to be eating turkey for the next few days so why not remove all the meat from the bones, divide into meal sizes and freeze. You can just take out what you want, when you want it.

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Darkginger

Turkey use by date

If you bought it fresh, and froze it, surely the 'use by' date applies to when it was fresh, not frozen? In other words, once it's defrosted and cooked, you don't have to eat it any faster than usual? I'm cooking one today (had goose yesterday) and expect the meat to be good until the weekend, once it's cooled and stored in the fridge.

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Essex Girl

Using Turkey

DG is right, Chumpy. Now that the turkey has been cooked you can freeze some of the cooked meat to use at a later date. Alternatively you can make up a recipe as suggested by Noreen, then freeze that.

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jillblob

turkey use by date

Chumpy I may be wrong but I thought that once you had frozen food and then cooked it you shouldn't freeze it again

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Queen of Puds

Turkey use by ... re 're-freezing'

I see why you've become confused Jillblob, as you can't re-freeze meat/fish etc in its thawed, uncooked state. I.e. if you just defrosted some meat & then wanted to re-freeze it as it is, that is a definite no (because the bacteria multiplies as it thaws & you are then freezing increased numbers of bacteria), but if you cook it after thawing (killing the bactiera), chill it down asap, then you can freeze it, quite safely.

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jillblob

turkey useby refreezing

Queenofpuds I have been educated , thank you for clarifying this matter, I will have much less food wastage now

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JAMES

Turkey.


"I bought a fresh Turkey Crown from one of the big Supermarkets last week. Put it in the freezer and when I took it out to defrost it and cook today, it says use by today. As there are only 2 of us to cook for, it seems as if A LOT is gooing to be wasted. Any ideas what I can do please?"


You froze it, so the use by date is redundant. The date on the packet was regarding the item as a fresh product.

If you knew you'd be using it this quickly, I don't even understand why you would have put it in the freezer in the first place........

 
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