How Long Does Ground Turkey Last In The Fridge

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Ground turkey can make a delicious meal, but storing your tuky can sometimes be difficult if you do not know how to store it. Knowing how long does ground turkey lasts in the fridge can be key to making sure you do not eat turkey that has turned bad. 

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In this article we will explore how long you can store ground turkey in the fridge and freezer.

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How Long Does Cooked Ground Turkey Last

How long does ground turkey last in the fridge after being cooked? Cooked ground turkey can stay stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 to 2 days and still be good to eat. This is dependant on if you have stored your turkey in the correct way to make sure it does not spoil.

cooked ground turkey

How Long Does Ground Turkey Last In The Fridge After Thawing

If you have thawed out your ground turkey, it will stay good in the fridge for up to 2 days. It is best to make sure that your ground turkey has thawed thoroughly before cooking.

How long does defrosted ground turkey last in the fridge? If your ground turkey is thawing, it is best to allow it to thaw in the fridge. There will be less chance of nasty bacteria growing rapidly. It will take roughly 4-6 hours to thaw your ground turkey, depending on its size.

Can I Eat Cooked Ground Turkey After 5 Days?

The quick answer is no. It is best to discard your ground turkey if you have stored it for up to 5 days or longer.

turkey in oven

How Long Does Uncooked Ground Turkey Last In The Fridge?

How long does raw ground turkey last in the fridge? Raw turkey can still be cooked if it is within its sell by date. This is roughly 2-3 days from buying it at the store. Check to see if your turkey is still good before cooking it.

How Can You Tell If Ground Turkey Is Spoiled?

How to tell if ground turkey is bad? If your ground turkey has a strong odor or starts to smell like sulfur, this is a clear sign that the meat has turned bad and should not be eaten. The texture can change if your ground turkey has spoiled. You will start to notice that the texture has changed from firm to gooey.

What Happens If I Eat Old Ground Turkey?

If you have consumed ground turkey that has turned bad you could experience food poisoning, or more precisely Listeriosis.  Listeriosis is a type of food poisoning that can cause dangerous health conditions. You could suffer from symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea or nausea if you eat ground turkey that has turned bad.

How Long After Use By Date Is Ground Turkey Good?

Can I eat ground turkey 2 days past use by date? We normally would never recommend eating any food that has passed its sell by date. It could be dangerous to consume.

If the sell by date has expired on the packet of your turkey, it is still safe to consume within 1 to 2 days if it has been properly stored in a refrigerator.

Is It Ok To Eat Ground Turkey That Has Turned Brown?

When oxygen starts to touch the ground turkey meat can start to turn a red/brown color. If your ground turkey meat starts to turn brown then it is best to discard it. This might be an early sign of spoilage. Your turkey can start to turn brown even if you have stored it in the freezer.

It is best to keep an eye on the ground turkey meat for discoloration when you are freezing it for months on end.

How Long Does Ground Turkey Last In Freezer

Ground turkey that is raw can last up to 3-4 four months when stored in the freezer correctly. Ground turkey that has been frozen will stay safe to consume for up to 1 year. But it is at its best quality within the 3-4 month period. 

ground turkey in white tray

How Long Does Ground Turkey Last In The Fridge After Buying It

Ground turkey can last when being stored in a fridge for up to three days once bought from a  store. If you are buying your ground turkey from a butcher, there is a chance that your turkey will last for two days.

Ground Turkey Turned Gray In Fridge

Even if your ground truly starts to change color and turn gray, this does not mean that your ground turkey is spoiled. If your ground truly has turned gray you can still consume it as  it is still safe to eat.

How Long Is Cooked Ground Turkey Good For

If you have cooked your ground turkey and are wanting to store it cooked, it will stay good for 3 to 4 days when kept correctly in a refrigerator. It is best to store your cooked turkey in an airtight container or plastic wrap.

How Long Does Ground Turkey From The Butcher Last In The Fridge

Buying your ground turkey from a butcher can be a much better way of making sure your turkey is free range and has come from a good farm. Even though your turkey may be better quality this does not affect when the nasty bacteria that can cause illness will start to grow on the meat.

Your raw ground turkey will be okay to eat for 1 to 2 days if you have purchased it from a butcher. As long as you store it in the fridge.

How Long Does Unopened Ground Turkey Last In The Fridge

If you have unopened your raw ground turkey it can last up to 2 to 3 days if stored in the fridge correctly.

Make sure that the packaging has not opened in any way. The raw ground should not ever be exposed to air.

How Long Does Packaged Ground Turkey Last In The Fridge

Unfortunately just because your ground turkey has been vacuum packaged this does not mean the meat will last for longer. If you have purchased packaged ground turkey from your local store it will stay good for up to 1-2 days if you store it in the fridge.

How Long Does Raw Ground Turkey Last In The Fridge At 50 Degrees

Generally, meat tends to start to spoil is the temperature starts to rise above 40 degrees Celsius. That is when the nasty bacteria that can be harmful if ingested starts to grow rapidly on the meat.

If your turkey is stored in your fridge at 50 degrees Celsius you have two hours to consume it. Return it to a colder temperature to make sure it is still good. 

Take Care When Storing Turkey

As a general rule, you can store your ground turkey  for up to 1 to 2 days in the fridge. It is best to take care when storing your turkey to make sure you get the best shelf life possible. 

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