I ordered a fresh, grain-fed turkey from my market. They told me I needed to pick it up on the 17th. We are celebrating on Sat the 24th. When I ordered they assusred me it would be vaccum packed and would last until the SAt the 24. I buy grain-fed chickens this way and they last over 1 week. My husband picked up the turkey and it is NOT vacuum packed. I am planning on brining the turkey. My question is: If I brine the bird today or tomorrow, can I keep it in the fridge until Sat, the 24th. The label says the turkey was packed on the 17th and best used by the 21st.
Would appreciate the experience of the chowhounders out there.
I suppose I could return the turkey, but then I need to find another one.