Processors’ cooling and refrigeration methods may vary and extend the shelf life of some turkeys, therefore, best-before dates on product packaging should be consulted to determine how long a fresh whole turkey can be safely stored in the refrigerator. If no best-before date is present, Health Canada recommends using a fresh whole turkey stored in the refrigerator within 2-3 days of purchase or ask at the place of purchase.
Whole turkeys can be kept frozen for 1 year.
Once thawed, treat a previously frozen turkey as you would a fresh turkey and do not refreeze until cooked.
Cooked turkey can be stored in a covered container, plastic bag or aluminum foil for up to 4 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer.