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If you’ve been shopping for a turkey, you know that it’s a lot cheaper to buy it frozen than fresh. There are also lots more options when you go frozen. Since it’s the more frugal option, let’s talk about some of the best ways to go about thawing a turkey.
If You Have Plenty Of Time To Thaw Your Turkey
The best and safest way to thaw a turkey is in the fridge. It will take about 3 to 4 days to thaw it in the fridge. A good rule of thumb is to plan on a day of thawing per 4 pounds of turkey. This is the safest way to thaw it. Just make sure you set the turkey into a container to catch any liquid that might seep out of the bag. This will prevent any raw poultry contamination. As always be careful when handling the raw turkey and scrub and wash everything.
If you don’t have room in your fridge, consider sticking the turkey in a cooler. Add a layer of ice to the bottom of the cooler, then lay your frozen turkey on top. Close the cooler and check it once a day or so to see if the ice needs replacing. It should take about the same amount of time to thaw your turkey. I like to flip the turkey over once a day to make sure it thaws evenly. When you’re done with the cooler, wash it with plenty of warm water and soap.
If You’re In A Bit Of A Rush
Every few years I forget to pull the turkey out of the freezer in time, or it ends up still being mostly frozen the night before I plan on cooking it. In that case a bath in the kitchen sink is the only open. Fill your sink with cold water and put the turkey in there. I do this in the bag the frozen turkey came in and scrub out the sink really well once I’m done thawing. Change the water every couple of hours.
The turkey is thawed when I’m ready to stick it in the oven as soon as I get up Thanksgiving morning.