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Can You Freeze Ground Turkey? Freezing Ground Turkey For Freshness

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Freezing ground turkey **keeps it fresh** longer. When done right, freezing saves its flavor and texture, making it last way beyond the fridge. **Freezing it can also improve the taste** over time, unlike just refrigerating it for similar periods.

Freezing ground turkey in its original packaging might not provide optimal air protection and can lead to freezer burn. Freezing it in smaller serving sizes or vacuum-sealed bags can better preserve its texture and freshness. Individually freezing ground turkey is the best method for freshness and longevity as it minimizes air exposure and prevents freezer burn.

How To Freeze Ground Turkey Safely

  1. Whether you have brand new or leftover ground turkey, choose your storage method. We typically recommend airtight plastic/glass containers or sturdy freezer bags for long-term storage freshness.
  2. Transfer it to where you plan to keep it.
  3. Be sure to leave about 1-2 inches of headspace to allow for expansion. Don’t leave too much room though because best practice is to limit air exposure as much as possible when freezing food.
  4. Label your containers or freezer bags as ‘Frozen ground turkey’ with today’s date.
  5. Place the bags flat in the freezer so they freeze quickly. If you’re using containers instead, place them in the freezer upright. Once completely frozen, both the bags and containers can be stacked and/or positioned upright.

Defrosting Tips

When you’re ready to prepare the ground turkey you just froze, do not thaw it at room temperature. Read our guide on how to thaw ground turkey safely. Not only will it help you avoid foodborne illnesses, applying the proper defrosting techniques keeps its texture & quality intact.

How Long Can You Freeze Ground Turkey?

You can freeze ground turkey for up to 1-2 months as long as it’s frozen correctly. Freezing ground turkey extends longevity & allows you to store it for an increased time but all frozen food expires eventually.

Freeze smaller ground turkey portions within 2-3 days of buying for optimal freshness. Store leftover ground turkey in an airtight container after it’s initially opened.

Removing & defrosting frozen ground turkey within 3-6 months of freezer storage helps to prevent freezer burn, off-flavoring, and food poisoning. Anything longer than that puts the food at risk of:

Consequences Description Recommendation
Freezer Burn Dehydration and oxidation due to air exposure Use well-sealed containers or bags
Loss of Freshness Flavor and texture degradation over time Consume within recommended time frame
Food Poisoning Potential bacterial growth if improperly stored or thawed Follow safe defrosting practices

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