Turkey Questions

Keeping a Turkey at Room Temperature

Freeze turkey to prevent bacteria growth.
Freeze turkey to prevent bacteria growth.
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Q. How long can the holiday turkey be left out at room temperature?

A. Any turkey remaining after the holiday meal should be stored within 2 hours of serving. Bacteria grow very rapidly at room temperature, and refrigeration won't kill microorganisms that have already grown.

Wrap the meat in plastic or foil, then seal it inside plastic bags. Cooked turkey can be stored 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator and up to 4 months in the freezer.

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