Receiving and Storing Turkey

Mar 22, 2013
  • Remove from shipping cartons. Leave in original wrappings and place on racks in shallow pan. If original wrappings must be removed, cover completely with plastic
    wrap to help protect turkey from environmental contamination.
  • Within 15 minutes, move trays to refrigerator at 35˚F to 40˚F.
  • For large parts, such as wings, drumsticks and thighs, manipulate after a day to break apart and speed thawing.
  • Product is thawed when it reaches 38˚F, measured by inserting a thermometer in the thickest part of the meat.