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Turkey Thawing Chart

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.

Temperature:
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.

Two-Hour Rule:
Store leftovers in separate containers within two hours after cooking and eat or freeze within two days.

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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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