A: If you are buying a fresh bird, buy it as close to Christmas as possible. You should bring it home as quickly as you can and store it on a dish or tray in the bottom shelf of the fridge. A fresh bird should be stored in the fridge for no more than two days before cooking.
A: If you buy a frozen bird, put it into your freezer until you’re ready to defrost it. It can be kept for up to 6 months in the freezer. After this time the flavour and texture will deteriorate.
A: In the shop, put the fresh or frozen bird in a separate bag. Ideally you should use a cool bag. Keep the turkey away from other cooked and fresh foods to prevent any leakage and cross contamination.
A: Store raw meat, including turkey, on the bottom shelf of the fridge. This is to prevent the transfer of germs from raw meat onto cooked or ready-to-eat foods.
A: If drinks are taking up too much room in the fridge how about storing them elsewhere? To cool them before drinking, you can sit the unopened bottles and cans in cold water in a clean container for 30 minutes.
A: Remember fridges should be kept at temperatures of 5oC or below as measured at the coldest part of your fridge (usually the bottom shelf above the salad bin). Ideally, keep a mercury-free fridge thermometer inside your fridge and check the temperature regularly.