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Many people will not be able to notice any difference in flavor or quality. However, refrigerated turkeys may be more convenient since they do not require thawing. Whether frozen or refrigerated, all Norbest turkeys are Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Confused about the terms "Fresh", "Frozen", and "Refrigerated"? Go to "Fresh" Regulations for facts about USDA regulations and how Norbest relates to them.
You can determine when your turkey was processed by establishing when the Julian date is. The Julian date can be found on your turkey's weight tag. There is a 9-digit number. The number placement 4-7 is the Julian date, with the 7th digit being the year and the main number to focus on. For example, the 9-digit number is 021123200, we want digits 4-7 spots, 1232. 123 is the Julian day, the 123rd day of the year. The 2 is the processing year, so 2012.
For the best flavor and quality, a turkey will keep easily for two years in the freezer.
You should roast your refrigerated turkey by the "use by" date found on the weight tag or weight sticker. If you don't plan to use it that soon you should freeze it immediately, then thaw and roast it later.
Don't refreeze a previously frozen turkey.
You should roast it within seven days of thawing. Keep it cold in the refrigerator until ready to roast.
The best way to thaw a frozen turkey is on a tray in the refrigerator. It takes about 2-3 days. There are faster options - go to How To Thaw A Frozen Turkey for more information. NEVER THAW A TURKEY AT ROOM TEMPERATURE!
Norbest refrigerated turkeys are quick chilled immediately after processing to seal in their peak flavor and freshness. The firmness that you notice on the surface of your turkey is your assurance that it was rushed to your supermarket in its most wholesome condition.
Our Norbest raw whole turkeys basting solution consists of natural turkey broth, a small amount of salt for flavor, sodium phosphate to help maintain juiciness, and natural flavorings to bring out the best turkey flavor. We add no fats, oils, sugar, and no MSG, or trans fat. There is no HVP or ingredients containing MSG. Our natural flavorings are simply extracts of common household spices (oleoresin red and black pepper). Also, our turkeys contain no gluten or gluten-derivatives from wheat, oats, barley, or rye. There is no soy in our raw turkeys. Please note that our Norbest Oven Roasted cooked whole turkeys do contain hydrolyzed soy protein. There are no corn derivatives in our raw or pre-cooked turkeys. We also offer non-basted turkeys under the brand name Norbest "Family Tradition®".
Please see our Norbest Ingredient Information for People with Food Allergies & Sensitivities for information regarding allergens.