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Thawing

The safest way to thaw frozen turkey is either in the refrigerator or in cold water.

Never thaw your turkey at room temperature.

Refrigerator Method:

This method of thawing a turkey is the safest, as it keeps the meat cold until it is completely defrosted.

  • Place turkey on a tray on a bottom shelf in refrigerator.
  • Allow 5 hours of thawing time per pound (10 hours/kg).

Cold Water Method:

  • Keep the turkey in its original wrapping.
  • In a large container, cover the turkey completely with cold water.
  • Change the water at least every hour.
  • Allow 1 hour of thawing time per pound (2 hours/kg).

Once thawed, keep your turkey refrigerated and cook within 48 hours.

Some products are meant to be cooked from frozen; always read your product label carefully.
Whole Bird Calculator

Use the tool below to estimate what size of whole bird you will need for your next turkey dinner. For additional information, refer to our Turkey Calculator section.