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How Long Will It Take To Thaw?

Written by Patti on November 22nd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

You have your perfect turkey. Now what?

Here are some options, even if you forgot how long it might take.

Taking your turkey's temperature.

Thawing Methods:

Recommended: Thawing in the Refrigerator
Leave the bird in its original wrapping and place it on a tray in the refrigerator. Allow 5 hours per pound or 3-4 days for a 14-19 pound turkey to defrost.

“Quick” Thawing:
Place turkey in its original wrapping in sink and cover with COLD water. Change the water every 1/2 hour to maintain the temperature. Allow 1/2 hour per pound to defrost the turkey. Most turkeys will take from 5 to 10 hours to thaw.

Microwave Thawing: NOT RECOMMENDED
Microwave ovens do not heat evenly, and they also heat quicker along the bone. Microwave thawing of a turkey is generally not recommended.

Turkey Thawing Time in the Refrigerator (40 degrees F):
Approximately 24 hours per 5 pounds

Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time: 8 to 12 lbs, 1 to 2 days; 12 to 16 lbs, 2 to 3 days; 16 to 20 lbs, 3 to 4 days; 20 to 24 lbs, 4 to 5 days.

Turkey Thawing Time in Cold Water: Approximately 30 minutes per pound.
Change water every 1/2 hour.

Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time: 8 to 12 lbs, 4 to 6 hours; 12 to 16 lbs, 6 to 8 hours; 16 to 20 lbs, 8 to 10 hours; 20 to 24 lbs, 10 to 12 hours.

There you go. Tomorrow – how about we talk desserts?

xoxo, Patti

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