How To properly thaw a frozen turkey?

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Don't forget about defrosting your turkey just because you have a million other things to accomplish before your Thanksgiving feast. Here's how to thaw a turkey!

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1) Thawing In Refrigerator

When planning ahead, this is our recommended method for defrosting a frozen turkey because it is simple and requires little effort. 

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The USDA endorses the rule of thumb that it takes around 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds of turkey. Thus, a 25-pound bird may require longer than six days to fully defrost.

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The safest way to defrost a turkey in the fridge is to turn it down to 40 degrees or lower and create room for it on the lowest shelf so that the juices don't spill everywhere.

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2) Thawing In Bucket or Sink

If you don't have time to defrost your turkey in the fridge, use cold water in a sink or bucket. This strategy is easy, but requires labor and monitoring.

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Frozen turkey, on average, needs 30 minutes per pound to defrost. According to these calculations, thawing a 25-pound turkey will take roughly 13.5 hours.

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Keep the turkey in its original packaging and place it in a large plastic bag to thaw it in a sink or bucket. Submerge the turkey in a sink or bucket of cold water.

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3) Thawing In Microwave

We don't advocate thawing meat in the microwave since the texture may degrade. If you neglected to thaw your turkey or didn't have time, use the microwave.

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Follow your microwave's handbook and set it to defrost mode to thaw a frozen turkey in the microwave. Remove the turkey from its packing and remove all tags.

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Place the turkey on a microwavable dish. To ensure that the turkey thaws evenly, microwave it in intervals, rotating and flipping it in between.

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