Turkey Thawing Chart
Thanksgiving is November 24th and it’s time to purchase the turkey, but do you know how long to thaw your turkey so you can cook a perfect bird? According to the Butterball Site, whenever possible, refrigerator thawing is best. However, if you are short on time and need a speedy method, try cold-water thawing. Do not ever thaw a turkey at room temperature, as this allows for bacterial growth and is never recommended. Here is a Turkey Thawing Chart to help you out.
Turkey Thawing Chart for Refrigerator Thawing:
* Thaw breast side up, in unopened wrapper, on a tray in the refrigerator.
* Allow for at least 1 day of thawing for every 4 pounds of turkey.
* The refrigerator temperature should be 40° F or below.
Always use a meat thermometer to determine when the turkey is fully cooked. The turkey should reach 180° F in the thigh, 170° F in the breast and 165° F in the center of the stuffing.
Store leftovers in separate containers within two hours after cooking and eat or freeze within two days.
To thaw a whole Turkey….
Approx Weight (pounds) Thawing Time in Refrigerator
8 to 12 lbs 1 to 2 days
12 to 16 lbs 2 to 3 days
16 to 20 lbs 3 to 4 days
20 to 24 lbs 4 to 5 days
Chicken or Turkey,
cut-up pieces (Up to 4) 3 to 9 hours
3 to 4 Whole Chickens 24 hours
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