Explanation of Frozen, Frosty Fresh, and Fresh

Here at Jones Farm, our preservative-free poultry can be purchased in two different options. We want to ensure that our customers know exactly what they are purchasing so that their expectations are met and the poultry is handled in the safest manner possible prior to cook time. For clarity, we’ve explained what exactly Frozen, Frosty Fresh, and Fresh means below. These terms and explanations are only applicable to the Jones Turkey Farm in Cabot, PA.

According to studies conducted by Penn State University, fresh, preservative-free turkeys and chickens have a 3-day shelf life when refrigerated at 30 degrees. For most customers, a 3-day time period is far too short of a window to purchase, pick up, and cook their birds, especially since the poultry is kept at our facility for one day to be processed and prepped for consumption, which effectively cuts that 3-day shelf life to 2 days off the bat.

Our Frosty Fresh poultry are stored at 25-26 degrees and have a shelf life of one week. Frosty Fresh birds are easily defrosted in the refrigerator, though they must be maintained at no warmer than 35 degrees. These birds can be kept at 35 degrees for one day prior to cooking.

Frozen poultry that is stored in a freezer at 0 degrees have a 6 to 9 month shelf life. Our thawing instructions for our Frozen birds can be attained at pick up.