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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.