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Posted by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 3:54 PM
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How to thaw a Turkey from the Kraft site!

Now that you’ve got a frozen bird waiting to be roasted, you need to know how to thaw a turkey. No matter what you may have seen or heard, leaving a frozen turkey out on the counter overnight is NOT how to thaw a turkey. It’s not safe—don’t do it! And while Grandma may have passed a stuffing recipe down to you, chances are she didn’t teach you how to thaw a turkey. That’s why we’re here to help.

Be sure to thaw your frozen turkey in the wrapper it came in, unopened. Place it breast-side up on a tray in the refrigerator. Here’s a chart you can use to determine thaw times.

turkey sizethawing time
(in the refrigerator)
8-12 lb.2-3 days
12-14 lb.3-3½ days
14-18 lb.3½-4½ days
18-20 lb.4½-5 days

Once thawed, your turkey will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Bearing that in mind, err on the side of thawing a day or two too soon so you don’t have to do a last-minute thaw. Also, if you plan to brine your turkey you need to plan a day for that.

If you do procrastinate, you can thaw your turkey in cold water. Place the still-wrapped turkey in a container large enough to allow it to be covered with water. Fill the container with cold water and change the water every 30 minutes. This method will thaw a turkey at the rate of about 1 pound every 30 minutes. An 18-pound turkey will take 9 hours. That’s why it’s best to plan ahead!

NEVER thaw a turkey out on the counter or in warm water - you could create the perfect environment for bacteria and end up with a family trip to the emergency room instead of a family weekend of fun.

by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 3:54 PM
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proudmommy690
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 4:33 PM
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inmybizz
by Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM

thanks for sharing..

tayanddyl
by Bronze Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM

 TFS

aneela
by Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 8:36 AM

TFS this info

Flaca43
by Silver Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 8:48 AM

 Thank you for sharing. We got ours yesterday, so hopefully it will be thawed out by Wednesday so that we can brine it. If not, I will definately use the cold water suggestion!

eustacejessica
by Jess on Nov. 18, 2012 at 5:23 PM

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charlene_kyle
by Charlene on Nov. 18, 2012 at 8:40 PM

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GwenMB
by Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Turkey really does take forever to unthaw! At least in my fridge.

Charizma77
by Bronze Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Good to know!

cjsmom1
by Member on Nov. 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM

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