My turkey had two small holes in it's bag (the skin turned dry in those areas), is it still safe to eat??

  • Posted by: kpeck
  • November 24, 2016


Babbs November 25, 2020
If i have been defrosting my turkey in cold water in my sink and i just seen that i had a pin hole in it is it ok or should i rinse it tomorrow before i cook it.
Chuck48 November 24, 2016
If the bird has been frozen since "fresh" and just now defrosted by you, do not worry about a dry spot or two. They will not effect healthfulness of the turkey. If you have brined or plan to rub with fat and seasoning, they should disappear during roasting.
kpeck November 24, 2016
Thank you for the info!!
Kenzi W. November 24, 2016
This one is tricky! Skin that's a little dried isn't a big deal—it's that we can't know how long the bag has had holes and what the turkey could have been exposed to during that time. Best case: Could you call the store, explain the situation, and see about a replacement?
kpeck November 24, 2016
I bought it from my local farm this past Sunday - it had been frozen since October (when they harvested the birds). I immediately put it in the fridge to defrost when I got home (it's 15 pounds). Then this morning, when taking it out to bring it to room temp, i noticed the 2 dime-sized holes. The turkey did not smell bad - thank you for any help!
Kenzi W. November 24, 2016
All good things, and it sounds like you've done everything right. I'm afraid it's just too hard for us to make the call over the internet! If your farmer is reachable, he or she might have some more information about the turkey's processing and storing conditions that will help you.
kpeck November 24, 2016
Okay, thank you very much!!
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