Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey really comes down to four easy steps.
The preparation of the Turkey starts with whether it is fresh or frozen. No one wants to wake up Thanksgiving morning to a half-frozen turkey, so defrosting ahead of time is essential. According to the USDA you will need at least 1 day per 4 -5 pounds of turkey defrost in the refrigerator.
Here is a chart for thawing in the refrigerator:
4 to 12 pounds – 1-3 days
12 to 16 pounds – 3-4 days
16 to 20 pounds – 4-5 days
20 to 24 pounds – 5-6 days
There is another method you can use by submerging the wrapped turkey in cold water and changing the water out every 30 minutes.
4 to 12 pounds – 2 to 6 hours
12 to 16 pounds – 6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 pounds -8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 pounds – 10 to 12 hours
Now that you have a defrosted turkey it’s time to move onto the next steps, preparing, stuffing and flavor.
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Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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