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Refrigerate a whole turkey or leave on kitchen counter

I've just finished a whole turkey for my son's Thanksgiving Feast tomorrow morning, should I refrigerate it or leave it on the kitchen counter?

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Asked by 3and40ish at 10:03 PM on Nov. 20, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • Refrigerate

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:04 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Refrigerate!

    Answer by momof2boys423 at 10:08 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Leave it out at the end of counter and you house dog will eat it, LOL

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:13 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Is it raw or cooked? If it is raw you can put it in an ice bath in a large cooler if you are short on refrigerator space. Make sure all parts are covered.
    Meat and poultry should never be thawed at room temp (ie on a countertop) You should keep it in the fridge or under ice water because of the risk of foodborne illness. . .98% of stomach symptoms are caused by improperly prepared food. Food should never go above 41 degrees unless it is being cooked. (We are talking explosive symptoms, so be careful!)

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:27 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • If you leave it on the counter overnight and plan to eat it tomorrow make sure to bring extra underwear for EVERYONE! LOL

    Answer by Southerncharmes at 10:28 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Raw or cooked, put it in the refrigerator. Even if it just came out of the oven an hour ago. DO NOT wait to put it in the fridge. The quicker you can get the temp under 40 degrees the safer it will be to reheat tomorrow.

    Answer by vbruno at 11:01 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Always refrigerate meat, raw or cooked, right away.

    Answer by jespeach at 3:15 PM on Nov. 21, 2008

  • Definitely refrigerate, especially since it's poultry. If you leave it out you run the risk of bacterial infection for anyone who eats it.

    Answer by goofygoober168 at 9:26 PM on Nov. 21, 2008

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