Defrosting a Turkey

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*****DO NOT THAW YOUR TURKEY ON THE COUNTER*****

Did you buy a great turkey for Thanksgiving this year? Was it frozen when you purchased it and you will need to thaw it before that special day?

Use these guidelines for thawing your turkey to help keep your family and friends safe from food poisoning.

When thawing your turkey in the refrigerator, allow approximately 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds of turkey. Thaw your turkey in a large pan on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator. Protect food in the refrigerator from having any contact with the turkey.

When thawing your turkey in cold water, allow approximately 30 minutes per pound of turkey. Leave the plastic covering on the turkey. An insulated cooler is a great container to thaw your turkey in. Thaw turkey breast side down making sure the turkey it is always completely covered with water. Change the water every 30 minutes.

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TURKEY SIZE                    IN THE REFRIGERATOR                         IN COLD WATER

4 TO 12 POUNDS                       1 TO 3 DAYS                                            2 TO 6 HOURS

12 TO 16 POUNDS                     3 TO 4 DAYS                                            6 TO 8 HOURS

16 TO 20 POUNDS                     4 TO 5 DAYS                                            8 TO 10 HOURS

20 TO 24 POUNDS                     5 TO 6 DAYS                                          10 TO 12 HOURS

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