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Old 11-23-2008, 04:49 AM   #1
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Default When should I start thawing my turkey?

I have a ten pond turkey.

(Yes, they do sell them that small. )

When should I put it in the fridege to thaw it?

Would today be too soon, or should I wait till tomorrow (Monday)?
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:45 AM   #2
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I've got a 20 pound and I'm going to take it out today to thaw. You probably could wait until tomorrow. If mine isn't quite thawed the day before, I usually put it in a sink of cold water for a few hours and that seems to help speed it up.
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:58 AM   #3
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I've had a 12 lb bird in the bottom of my fridge since Friday and it is still hard as a rock!! I suspect he may be spending a day in the sink!!
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:16 AM   #4
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I took this big boy out of the freezer yesterday morning 13pds ~~~I may have to put him in the sink to----- gab
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:17 AM   #5
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Supposedly 1 day for every 4 pounds
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:24 AM   #6
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Ummm, we have a 20 lb turkey in the freezer and DH will be smoking it Friday. He said he was going to take it out of the freezer today but I told him to wait until tomorrow. Maybe I was wrong!
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:29 AM   #7
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I'd take it out today - remember even if fully thawed, which by the way I don't think it will be by Thurs from experience, it can still sit for a day or two in the fridge before using and still be okay.
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:07 AM   #8
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So tomorrow would be OK for a 4 pound rock hard turkey breast? I've been wondering when to get it out.
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:11 AM   #9
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I think we will all be using the sink!!!
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:52 AM   #10
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So tomorrow would be OK for a 4 pound rock hard turkey breast? I've been wondering when to get it out.
Do it today - fully thawed is a lot easier to deal w/than still slightly fozen when cooking.
I'll be doing a 4lb turkey breast as well - it's a cajun flavored deep fried pre-cooked one from QVC for the third time and even put into the fridge 5 days ahead to thaw - it still can be a bit frozen in center.
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:53 AM   #11
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I am planning on taking mine out today too.
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:57 AM   #12
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Do it today - fully thawed is a lot easier to deal w/than still slightly fozen when cooking.
I'll be doing a 4lb turkey breast as well - it's a cajun flavored deep fried pre-cooked one from QVC for the third time and even put into the fridge 5 days ahead to thaw - it still can be a bit frozen in center.
Thanks! Out it comes today then!
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Old 11-23-2008, 01:21 PM   #13
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Supposedly 1 day for every 4 pounds
Agreed.

This is the new new don't kill yerself w/ germs USDA thunk...I dunno how many turkeys I water defrosted before this idea came up. Oh and survived.

Honestly?
If anyone will be eating the bird that has a depressed/compromised immune system or is up there in age...I'd follow the USDA guidelines to be on the safe side.

Full disclosure: I cook my birds to an internal temp o no more than 160 degrees
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Old 11-23-2008, 03:10 PM   #14
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I just took my thawed 20 lb turkey out of the bottom of the refrigerator, and put my 21 lb frozen turkey there. The 20 pounder was thawed, perfectly, after 4 days. The Thanksgiving turkey will be thawed, early on Thursday morning. If a little ice remains, it will wash away, when I wash the bird out.

Today's turkey is in the oven, and the spare parts are simmering.
The Thanksgiving gravy will be made, today, and the broth will be frozen, in preparation for Thursday's stuffing. I'll cut the crusts off of the frozen bread, and put it back into the freezer. Wednesday, I'll tear up the bread, and do the celery and onions. Done.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:27 PM   #15
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if you have a frozen turkey - would it be ok to leave out on the counter overnite then stick it in the frig to thaw the rest of the way?
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:36 PM   #16
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if you have a frozen turkey - would it be ok to leave out on the counter overnite then stick it in the frig to thaw the rest of the way?
In a sink of COOL water is the proper quick thaw method.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:44 PM   #17
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Coffeeluver, I'd rather keep it in the refrigerator, for the first few days, and take it out, the night before, only if it's still frozen. There's more control, that way.
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