A fresh turkey, whether is it whole or in pieces, can be refrigerated up to two days of purchase at a temperature of 35 to 40 degrees. It needs to be cooked within the sell-by date to guarantee freshness.
In a freezer, a whole turkey can be stored up to one year to ensure the quality, while pieces can be frozen up to nine months. After cooking a turkey, it should be cut up and refrigerated within one hour of eating. Leftover turkey should be used within three days or it needs to be discarded. Following these steps keeps the food from spoiling and becoming dangerous to eat.