By Ray from TX
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.
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.
This is my first attempt at baking a turkey. Silly question here. How does one know when the bird is defrosted?
~Wendola~ from Highland, MI
I usually put the turkey into cold water in a clean sink until I can remove them. Like the others say, the turkey will feel soft and movable when it is totally thawed. If it is still hard, you might want to keep it in the sink until it is defrosted. The cold water will keep bacteria from growing. Make sure you use "cold" water. Once it is defrosted, dry it and put it back in the fridge until you want to start baking it. It does take a while for a turkey to defrost so make sure it is already defrosting.
Susan from ThriftyFun (11/22/2006)
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