There are many different tips for how to thaw a frozen turkey out there, but most of them are bad. This is because each one of them tends to increase the chances of spreading or contracting food-borne illnesses. Well, this isn’t the memory you want to imprint of this year’s Thanksgiving, is it?
Out of the many tips for how to thaw a frozen turkey, there really is only one way that is deemed safe. But before that, here are some ways on how not to do it. First of all, do not thaw a turkey in a microwave. This simply isn’t realistic, especially if you take a look at how big (or small) a regular microwave oven actually is.
Secondly, do not thaw a frozen turkey in cold water. Although it is possible to do this safely, it won’t exactly be easy. See, you have to have half an hour of thawing time per pound of the turkey and you need to keep your water cool throughout that time. So, if your turkey is big, you will have to monitor the temperature and change it every 30 minutes for twelve hours! In other words: forget this method.
Thaw it in a refrigerator; this is the single safe way on how to thaw your turkey. Make sure the refrigerator has a temperature of around 40 degrees Fahrenheit and make sure your turkey is still in its wrapper. Then, put the bird into a pan or a tray so it can gather up any juices that try to leak out. Keep in mind to leave the turkey on the fridge’s bottom part as well, so nothing else will get contaminated. Be sure to leave yourself enough time to thaw it: useful guides for thawing time can be found easily on the Internet.