How to Buy and Store Turkey

How to Buy and Store Turkey

When buying a whole turkey, allow 1 lb (500 g) per person. In general, the larger the turkey, the better the buy since the proportion of meat to bone is higher.

When buying boneless turkey, allow 1/3 – 1/2 lb (150 - 250 g) per person.

Frozen whole turkey can be stored in its original wrapping in a chest or upright freezer with temperatures below 0°F (-18°C) for up to 1 year.

Fresh whole turkey should be placed on a tray and stored in the coldest part of the refrigerator. If the label indicates a best-before date, the turkey must be cooked before this date. If there is not a best-before date on the wrapping, the turkey must be cooked within two days of purchase. The freezing of fresh whole turkey is not recommended as there is a concern for both food safety and quality.

Printable Guides

Download our Turkey for all Seasons PDF guide to have our buying and storing, thawing and roasting information right at your fingers tips. Making turkey dinner with all the fixings? Make sure to also download our Holiday Turkey Guide for additional information on making stuffing and gravy.