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What is a safe way to thaw a frozen turkey?

Chad Kramer
Chad Kramer on behalf of dotFIT
Fitness
Refrigerator thawing is the recommended method for safely thawing a turkey, but you can also use the cold-water thawing method to thaw a turkey if you are short on time (i.e., you bought your turkey the night before Thanksgiving).

For refrigerator thawing:
  • Leave the turkey in the wrapper.
  • Thaw breast-side up on a tray in the refrigerator.
  • Allow at least 1 day of thawing for every 4 pounds of turkey.
For cold-water thawing:
  • Leave the turkey in the wrapper.
  • Thaw breast-side down in enough cold water to cover it completely.
  • Change the water (using fresh, cold water) frequently to keep the turkey chilled.
  • Estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes for every pound of turkey.

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