11/10/08

For Those of You Who KNOW You Will Forget to Thaw The Turkey In Time....

This one is for you!

If you are organized, or you remember in time and there is no rush, thaw the turkey in the refrigerator like the directions on the turkey package say because the turkey people are afraid you are going to sue to them if you thaw it any other way. Keep it in the original packaging, and place it in a container to catch any juices that may leak out, allowing approximately 5-6 hours per pound.

Now, for the rest of us that don't have time, forgot to get it out of the freezer in time, or underestimated just how many pounds of turkey we bought and find out too late that it's still frozen - this part is for us!

Fill the kitchen sink with cool water and drop mister bird in - completely encased in the original wrapper, breast-side down. (Water is a much better conductor of heat than air in the refrigerator, so this method works faster).

If the turkey has been defrosting in the refrigerator for several days, you may find it's ready in less than an hour. If you need to defrost a fully frozen turkey really, really fast; allow half an hour per pound. The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises changing the water every 30 minutes or so and no matter what your Grandma or Mom does, they also advise not thawing it on the kitchen counter.
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