A properly stored turkey can be kept in the freezer for up to two years, according to the Butterball Turkey Talk Line via Better Homes & Gardens. That’s a lot of time to come up with a plan for your leftovers. But, to avoid freezer burn and make your life easy down the road, there are a few important steps to take.
According to Taste of Home, if you’re freezing the meat, it’s best to first separate it from the bones and slice it up. This way it will defrost evenly when you’re ready to use it. Another tip from the site is to add gravy to the meat before freezing. This will keep it moist through the freezing process. Also, don’t throw out those bones! You can make homemade turkey stock with them. To freeze the bones, just simply toss them into a freezer bag and keep them in the freezer for up to two months.
And, if you happen to end up with an entire unused turkey on your hands, you can freeze that as well. According to Better Homes & Gardens, for safety purposes, the turkey must be unopened and not past its official “use-by” date prior to freezing. If you follow these tips, you’re likely to thoroughly enjoy leftover turkey sandwiches or soups a few months after the holiday.