Poultry shelf life and storage
Fresh poultry has a short shelf life. All the free range poultry we sell has been game hung for up to 10 days prior to plucking and cleaning out to intensify the flavour.
The shelf life of oven ready poultry once it has been cleaned out and dry plucked is as follows:
Fresh turkeys 4 days from cleaning and plucking
Fresh chickens 4 days from cleaning and plucking
Ducks 4 days from cleaning and plucking
Geese 4 days from cleaning and plucking
Partridge, quail, game birds - the shelf life is set by the producer when they pack the product - it varies by product but averages 4-5 days from packing
Any fresh poultry will have a use by date on the label. These products can be stored in a refrigerator running at 2 degrees C until the use by date, and must be cooked on or before the use by date.