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the fresh turkey i bought has some very dark spots under the skin. Never seen this before. Is it OK to cook and eat?

Is it bruising?

asked by L Wohlfarth almost 3 years ago

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Kenzi Wilbur
added almost 3 years ago

I wonder if you could take a picture and post it here? It's very hard to say without seeing it!

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Kenzi Wilbur
added almost 3 years ago

Before we see the picture, I'd also say that if it smells okay and you know that every precaution was taken in the cooling / defrosting, those are points in your (your turkey's) favor.

L Wohlfarth
added almost 3 years ago

will do

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added almost 3 years ago

Are the spots on the skin or on the meat? Are they large or small?

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L Wohlfarth
added almost 3 years ago

Large and under the skin, as you will see in photo. I've cooked turkeys for 40 years and never seen this. Did not see this through the wrapper!

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L Wohlfarth
added almost 3 years ago

It smells fine, but has these very dark spots on both sides...

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Kenzi Wilbur
added almost 3 years ago

Huh. Thanks for the photo. These look like bruises—some kind of bleeding under the tissue—but to be safest, I would call the place you purchased the turkey from!

L Wohlfarth
added almost 3 years ago

Just went out and bought another one... Thanks.

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