Thawing Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Thawing Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving traditions have been passed down for years and most of them include preparing a turkey big enough for everyone to eat. The main problem we face in preparation for our holiday dinner is how to thaw the turkey.

There are only three ways to thaw your turkey to avoid foodborne illness:

  1. Refrigerator. Allow about one day for every four to five pounds of turkey.
  2. Microwave. Check your owner's manual for the proper settings to microwave your turkey by size. Cook immediately after thawing.
  3. Sink. Thaw in cold water for about 30 minutes for per pound for the whole turkey, and change the water every 30 minutes.

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