Does frozen turkey weigh more than fresh?
Should you unwrap a turkey to thaw?
Why does it feel frozen? Fresh turkeys will sometimes feel hard on the outside because they are chilled to 28 degrees for safe shipping. Only the outer part of the turkey should be hard, not the entire turkey. Frozen turkeys are stored at 0 degrees.
Why does my fresh turkey feel frozen?
If you’re buying a frozen turkey, you can shop up to one year in advance as long as the turkey remains properly frozen. (Take advantage of post-holiday sales!) If you’re buying a fresh bird, purchase it one to two days before you cook it.
Which one you buy depends largely on your schedule. If you want to shop well before the holiday and have the time to thaw a bird, then frozen is just fine. But a truly fresh turkey, never frozen, often tastes just a smidge better.
How much weight does a frozen turkey lose?
Frozen meat weighs more than thawed meat, because the water and other liquids emerge as the meat thaws. Poultry and meat are made of bone, fat, connective tissue and muscle.