How to Store Ground Turkey
Store raw ground turkey in its original container (or one that’s air-tight) for up to three days before cooking or freezing.
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How to Freeze Ground Turkey
While you can certainly overwrap the turkey in its original packaging, the best method is to remove it, place it in a freezer bag, and eliminate as much of the air as possible before placing it in your freezer. Frozen ground turkey can last up to four months if freezer burn is not present.
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How to Thaw Ground Turkey
Ground turkey can be thawed in the microwave or in a bowl of cold water (while still in the freezer bag), but must be cooked immediately. Ground turkey thawed in the fridge will have up to two days before it must be cooked and consumed.
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Bolognese, a.k.a. ragú Bolognese, is a slow-simmered sauce that turns patience and ground meat into the richest-tasting, concentrated, and most deeply satisfying of Italian pasta dishes. We give it a lighter twist here by substituting lean ground turkey for the traditional ground meats (often a combination of veal and pork), but the method is the same: start by rendering salt pork, add the hallowed trio of Italian aromatic vegetables (carrot, celery, and onion), and turkey. Except for a bit of tomato paste dissolved in chicken stock, a splash of white wine, and patient additions of milk through the 2-hour cooking time, this recipe essentially produces its own liquid as it cooks. Stirring in a bit of reduced cream at the end reinforces the lovely long-cooked texture.
For more, check out our Ragu alla Bolognese, Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese, and Slow Cooker Beef Goulash.