Is it okay to freeze a whole, cooked turkey?
Because it would take a long time for the interior of a whole, cooked turkey to cool and freeze, it is possible that harmful food-poisoning bacteria could multiply and make the food unsafe. It's a better idea to carve the turkey right after cooking and separate it into meal-sized portions before freezing it. The turkey will chill and freeze faster, resulting in a safer and better quality product, and it will be much more convenient for you to use. Be sure to use freezer packaging material.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional
Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009