Tips for Safely Thawing a Turkey

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest

Safely thawing a turkey is the most important step in your holiday meal prep. Below are my safe poultry thawing tips for the perfectly thawed bird!
Turkey Thawing, Cooking a Turkey, How To Thaw Poultry, Libbie Summers, A food-inspired life

REFRIGERATOR THAWING (preferred method)
•Thaw breast side up, in an unopened wrapper on a tray in the fridge.
•Allow at least 1 day of thawing for every 4 lbs.

•Thaw breast side down, in an unopened wrapper, with enough cold water to cover your turkey completely.
•Change water every 30 minutes to keep the turkey chilled.
•Estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per lb.

Note: A thawed turkey can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days before cooking.

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