I purchased a frozen turkey and put in the fridge to thaw now it smells, should I use it?

Posted on March, 17 at 7:13 pm |

I bought a frozen turkey a couple weeks ago, thawed it in the refrigerator and when I opened it, it smells funny to me. The color and everything looks good but I’m afraid to use it. What should I do?
I just put it in the fridge on Tuesday. It was in the freezer from the time I purchased it until then.

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11 Responses to “I purchased a frozen turkey and put in the fridge to thaw now it smells, should I use it?”

  1. ckngbbbls Says:

    Smells funny and stinks is 2 different things.
    Is it slimy?
    Does it smell sour?
    If you said yes to both, throw it.
    I do want to know how long you allowed it to thaw though.
    Frozen turkeys were frozen directly after butchering and never have time to spoil until after the consumer get a hold of them.
    If you put it in the fridge right after you bought it, then it is spoiled as you cannot leave it to thaw for a couple of weeks.

  2. soldiergurl_2007 Says:

    I wouldn’t just to be safe.

  3. Mr. Turtle Says:

    Check the date on the package. Raw turkey has a unique smell. It isn’t the same as other raw poultry like chicken. If it smells like fish I think you should throw it out.

  4. Chetak. Says:

    It should have allowed to that for 24 hours for every 5lb.
    Calculate the size, but I think you are well nad truly past its best by date.
    Use the calculator here. http://straighthealth.com/pages/tools/turkey-thaw-time-calculator.html

  5. jen Says:

    How long was it thawing in the fridge for? If it smells funny, it is probably off. Toss it out. It’s not wise to take chances with meat that you think is not fresh.

  6. curious in California Says:

    If I were you, I would take it back to the store that you bought it from and get a refund, or credit. most stores are happy to oblige..It should not have a funny smell. Hopefully you have the receipt, but even if you don’t, they will recognize it as one of the products they sell.

  7. Mabe Says:

    when in doubt throw it out, and it shouldn’t smell since it was frozen, and was thawing since tuesday, unless it had thawed before it reached the grocery store and was refrozen again at some point, and it just might be one of those things that happened, so that’s the rule i use..

  8. lillllbit Says:

    When in doubt, throw it out….

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