is a turkey that has been frozen for 3 years still safe to eat?
- Christin KLv 72 months ago
It will be safe enough if it's never been defrosted, but it isn't going to taste very good. In 3 years a lot of meat just gets dehydrated, burnt and tough. However--you can roast it anyway, then bone it--remove the meat from the bones--and use it chopped or shredded in other dishes with seasonings, and that will really help the taste. What will most likely not survive very well will be the legs and wings--since they are a bit less juicy and meaty.
If you want to cook it, brine it first. Put the turkey into a brining bag with a cup of kosher salt, and some cut lemons and limes, and some peppercorns, and cover it completely with water. Seal the bag. Leave it IN THE FRIDGE overnight. Next day, pour off the liquid and roast it the way you would usually roast a turkey. It will be a lot juicier and more tender, and much more tasty than simply roasting it right from the freezer. Warning: do not brine a turkey OUT of the fridge. It won't be safe.
- Blue noseLv 42 months ago
If it's been frozen I would have thought so
- nappaLv 72 months ago
Most likely it has freezer burn, once you thaw it out you will see spots of discolor,, 3 years is a long time, freezing only slows bacteria down, doesn't kill it,, throw out is best thing to do.
- ♥Sweetness♥Lv 72 months ago
If it has been completely frozen the whole time, and never been thawed, then yes~ it will be fine to cook, but it is going to be dry. If you think there has been any chance it has thawed, or even partially thawed, best to maybe pass on it.
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- liberalLv 62 months ago
If you've never had freezer burn it should be ok.
- pattyLv 62 months ago
- GFHLv 42 months ago
No, no longer safe to eat
- BortLv 62 months ago
Probably not. It's most likely freezer burned. Even if you thaw it out it's not going to be right. It won't make you sick but it will be gross. The texture will be very hard and it won't take any kind of flavoring you add to it. Trash it.
- The TaxpayerLv 72 months ago
Safe...most likely. Good to eat....unless you're a very good cook, might be a little cardboardy.
- IOMLv 72 months ago
According to the Butterball Turkey Talk Line Expert, turkey can be stored in the freezer (unopened and uninterrupted) for up to 2-3 years and still be safe to cook. However, for the best quality, they recommend using the frozen turkey within 7 months of storage.