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Old 29-12-2005, 6:41 PM
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Default Freezing cooked turkey?

Hopefully this is this right thread to post on, please move if not.

My daughter posts on another forum and she noticed on there that are some posts saying that you should not freeze cooked turkey.

Does anyone know the reason why?

My organic turkey cost an arm and a leg; one of the posts said throw it away.

Any advice please?

i have sliced mine up and frozen it!
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Old 29-12-2005, 6:47 PM
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glad you asked this, it's something i need to know too, was waiting for an answer by text from my dad i have 2 platefuls of turkey waiting for freezing or throwing away!
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Old 29-12-2005, 6:53 PM
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Of course you can freeze it!
I've been doing it for years,my mum's been doing it for years and my MIL's been doing it for years.What you mustn't do is freeze it twice-so don't defrost it and make it into curry and then put it back in the freezer.Defrost it and eat it.Its fine to defrost it and make a curry or whatever just don't freeze it again.HTH
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Old 29-12-2005, 6:57 PM
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You can freeze cooked turkey

I reckon people get confused, because you're not supposed to freeze it twice. That means don't freeze it, then defrost and re-freeze if it's raw, the same if it's cooked.

You can freeze it raw, defrost it, cook it then re-freeze. Just make sure you defrost it in the fridge and if you're heating it, make sure it's really hot before eating.
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Old 29-12-2005, 6:58 PM
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Thriftlady just explained it much better than me
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Default Freezing Cooked Turkey

I bought a fresh free range turkey this year and ordered a 4 - 5 kg bird, but when I picked it up the butcher told me that I could have a 7.5kg bird for the same price as he had some left and it was late on Christmas Eve. I cooked it and we had it for Christmas dinner and sandwiches for tea and then we had it again today for another roast leftover dinner and sandwiches for tea and there is still LOADS and LOADS left and I can't face it again - TBH I can't even face making curry or anything out of it so my question is - can I just take it all off the carcass and then wrap it in clingwrap and put it in a freezer bag and freeze it? If so how long will it keep for?
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Old 27-12-2007, 7:10 AM
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I quite often freeze cooked chicken & turkey. The books says it keeps for 1 month when cooked but i'm sure i've kept it longer.

I use it for meat pies and currys (obviously defrosting first though).

Does anyone know if you can take it out the freezer, defrost and then use straight in sandwiches without re-heating (i've wondered this for ages as my daughter loves Turkey sandwiches).
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Old 27-12-2007, 7:19 AM
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Thats what iv done with mine, froze it in a few freezer bags, just enough in each to make pack lunchs for the kids when we get back to school, i will take out the night before and it will be fine to put straight onto sandwiches.
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Old 27-12-2007, 10:28 AM
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Definitely freeze it, but don't freeze it all in one bag or you will have to use it all at the same time. Freeze in meal sized portions. Also, you can freeze the carcase for making stock later. I've done this with my goose carcase as I haven't the energy to make stock at the moment.
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Definitely freeze it, but don't freeze it all in one bag or you will have to use it all at the same time. Freeze in meal sized portions. Also, you can freeze the carcase for making stock later. I've done this with my goose carcase as I haven't the energy to make stock at the moment.
I watched a nigella prog once where she said that one chicken carcass isn't enough to make stock, so not only does she freeze all her chicken carcasses, if she goes to a friends house and they serve chicken, she will always ask if she can take the carcass home to add to her freezer collection. She never runs out of chicken for stock. And of course you can then freeze the stock as well.
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Old 27-12-2007, 2:50 PM
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Im new to all this but ive satrted to freexe some of mine just from reading these & past posts. I will put it in curries & stir frys i think...prob his work lunch as well.
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Default freezing cooked turkey

Just a quick question.
I have cooked my turkey crown and have half the breast left. I don't want to make a curry or mince with it.

Can I slice it and freeze the meat? and how would I defrost and heat it again/use?

Its my DH how eats turkey, I'm a veggie and I am not wasting the meat as DH is pickie and will not eat sandwhichs after boxing day!

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Old 27-12-2008, 9:30 AM
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Yes you can freeze it.

Slice it up and put it into a freezable container with some gravy. If you don't put it in gravy when it defrosts it'll be really dry and crumbly.

Make sure it's fully defrosted before you re-heat it.

My Dad does this all the time with any leftover meats. He uses those little Chinese take-away style containers.
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Old 27-12-2008, 9:43 AM
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I freeze it in curry sized portions. I defrost then bung in a curry (it does separate abit when re-heating so i put in any leftover cooked veg also from the freezer, but its better than wasting it.
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Old 27-12-2008, 9:44 AM
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I froze mine last night (after asking the question on here too )

Mine was from M&S and it said on everything I had that I couldn't reheat. So, I had to separate all the veg (I know, I know, am lazy) into two lots before using.

My turkey said don't reheat so we'll be having it cold when we defrost. My Goodnes though, I had two great dinners these past few nights. How will I ever go back to pasta.
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I tend to slice mine up and then grade it according to size of bits i.e. proper meal slices, curry or pie pieces, soup bits.
I usually reheat the slices in gravy the oven once it's thawed out fully.
Always ensure it's thoroughly reheated.
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Old 27-12-2008, 1:42 PM
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Question Can you freeze cooked turkey?

That's the question - could I slice up and freeze my left over turkey? If so, would I be risking food poisoning if I defrosted it and re-heated it?

Thanks!
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Old 27-12-2008, 1:43 PM
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You can but it's probably better to make stuff like curry with it rather than just eat it sliced, however the main thing is to ensure it's properly defrosted and heated through.
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You certainly can, and it is fine to eat it simply defrosted without reheating.

The only thing you shouldn't do is defrost it and refreeze it.
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Hi Minerva,

This question came up earlier today so I've added your thread to it to keep the replies together.

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