How long can a thawed turkey keep in the fridge?

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Once thawed under refrigeration, the turkey should be cooked within a couple days. If a quick thaw was done, then it should be cooked ASAP

Refrigerator Thawing

When thawing a turkey in the refrigerator:
  • Plan ahead: allow approximately 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds in a refrigerator set at 40 °F or below.
  • Place the turkey in a container to prevent the juices from dripping on other foods.

Refrigerator Thawing Times
Whole turkey:
  • 4 to 12 pounds …… 1 to 3 days
  • 12 to 16 pounds …… 3 to 4 days
  • 16 to 20 pounds …… 4 to 5 days
  • 20 to 24 pounds …… 5 to 6 days

A thawed turkey can remain in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days before cooking. Foods thawed in the refrigerator can be refrozen without cooking but there may be some loss of quality.
There is generally a "use or freeze by:" date on the label.

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