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Help! Did I ruin Thanksgiving? Is my fresh turkey safe?

BettyCrochety | Nov 20, 201805:06 PM     2

I just picked up my local farm-raised fresh turkey for Thanksgiving a few hours ago. Beautiful, almost 16lbs. The turkeys were "processed" either last night or early this morning. It took me longer than expected to get home, about 2 hours, and I didn't have the turkey in a cooler, just in the back of my car. The outside temp was around 39 degrees. I didn't have the heat on, and I thought it would be ok not to put it on ice, but the turkey wasn't as cold as I would have liked when I got home. I stuck a digital thermometer in the thigh and it registered 52 degrees. I threw it in the freezer for 30min to bring the temp down, now it's refrigerated. Will this be safe to cook and serve on Thanksgiving?

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