How to thaw a 


the best way to thaw a frozen turkey? blow in its ear.”

– Johnny Carson

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The two safest ways thaw a frozen turkey is either in the refrigerator or using a cold water bath.  The refrigerator is a leave it and forget it while the cold water bath requires the water to be changed every 30 minutes.

REfrigerator vs Cold WAter


Refrigerate for 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds of turkey. Submerge in cold water for 30 minutes for every 4-5 pounds of turkey.

Don't Thaw on the Countertop

Don't thaw on the countertop which puts the turkey the “Temperature Danger Zone,” which is between 40°F and 140°F. In this range, bacteria multiply rapidly, increasing the risk of foodborne illness.

How to prepare turkey

Once thaw your turkey can be roasted, grilled, fried, brined, seasoned, or prepared according to your favorite recipe instructions.

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