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Thawing a Turkey

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Thawed Turkey
This is a guide about thawing a turkey. Safely defrosting and storing your turkey before cooking will help you produce a perfect bird.

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By 2 found this helpful
November 17, 2008

If you are space limited in your frig to thaw out the turkey ahead of time, use a cooler. Make sure the cooler is sterilized, fill with cold water, and pop (plop) the frozen turkey into the water. Store in your cool garage or another cooler location, and it will be out of the way, and ready to go on Turkey day!



Sometimes, I've done this and there is still ice on the inside of the turkey. This also works well when brining a turkey ahead of time.

Source: I think I thought this up myself. You never know. ;o)

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March 31, 2014

If you need to thaw a turkey quickly, put it in the empty dishwasher and run a cycle with water only. Do not run the dry cycle. Repeat. Since the turkey is sealed in plastic, it is protected from contamination. My husband thought of this when our Thanksgiving turkey was still frozen after 2 days in the fridge. I thought he was crazy, but it worked. The turkey was about 18 pounds.

Source: My husband's thinking outside the box.

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By 0 found this helpful
November 29, 2010

I have a problem, I ended up with two turkeys for the holiday. I bought one and got given the other. I am grateful, but the problem is that both of them defrosted. I don't know if it is afe to re-freeze it before I cook it or do I have to cook it first?

Thank you for your help. I have no idea who else to ask.

By Cindi from Portland, OR

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November 30, 20100 found this helpful

I would not refreeze the turkey until after it is cooked. There's a good bit of time you can freeze the meat before it should be disposed. Add a little water to the slices you plan to use and it'll be nice and moist on your sandwich.

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December 5, 20100 found this helpful

Cook the turkey then carve it and freeze it in portion sizes for your family size. You can pull it out of the freezer and make any number of dishes with it.

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Anonymous
December 5, 20100 found this helpful

It must be cooked and then frozen but Google to find out how long is too long after thawed to cook safely.

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By 0 found this helpful
November 23, 2010

How do I know when a turkey is not frozen still in the middle?

By Ray from TX

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November 24, 20100 found this helpful

The giblets of the turkey are inside the turkey. Put your hand inside the turkey to remove the giblets and you should be able to tell if it is defrosted.

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November 24, 20100 found this helpful

Look up the correct defrosting time online for the weight of the bird, then leave it for an extra few hours. Then roll up your sleeves, stick your hand inside the cavity and have a feel, it'll be firm because you'll be feeling the ribcage, but it shouldn't feel really cold.

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November 27, 20100 found this helpful

Stick your hand in there! If it's still frozen you'll know!

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By 0 found this helpful
January 3, 2007

How long does it take to defrost a 20 lb turkey?

Kathy from Nutley, NJ

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 4, 20070 found this helpful

Hello! I'm not so familiar with american measures (I just live in Poland. :) ), but from my experience, a turkey- about 3.5 - -4.0 kg, (7-8 lbs.) needs around 6 hours to be defrosted. Usually it's better to left it for all night outside of refrigerator, but in fact, I prefer to buy the turkey just one day before I'll prepare it...

I know - it's really a big difference between our countries, but hope this helps. :)

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January 4, 20070 found this helpful

I would leave it in the refridgerator for like 5 days. I know a 12 pound turkey took 3 days and was still a little frozen when removing giblets. I would say 5 should do it. Besides, if it defrosts in only 4 days one extra day in the fridge will not harm the turkey. Also, if you are in a pinch for time and need to defrost quickly you can place it in a CLEAN sink with water and keep changing out the water frequently. Hope that helps!

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 4, 20070 found this helpful

I just defrosted my 20 lb turkey for Thanksgiving and I put it still wrapped in my kitchen sink and covered it with cold water. I changed the water every 30 mins. and it only took 2 hours to defrost.

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By 0 found this helpful
November 20, 2010

How long is it safe to keep a turkey refrigerated after thawing before cooking?

By Jane T. from Valrico, FL

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November 27, 20100 found this helpful

http://www.stil  rch/raw%20turkey

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