Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thawing a Turkey


8-12 pounds                                  2-3 days

12-14 pounds                                3-3 1/2 days

14-18 pounds                                3 1/2-4 1/2 days

18-20 pounds                                4 1/2-5 days

Turkey will keep up to 4 day once thawed, so thawing a day or so early is not a problem, if you brine the turkey you need the extra time.

Couple of ways to thaw:

1.  Thaw Turkey in its wrappings in a pan in the refrigerator.  (no water)

2. Thaw turkey in its wrappings in a container large enough to allow it to be in 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.

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