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Turkey thawing idoit! Please help!

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Cold water bath!


"Cold Water Thawing

Allow about 30 minutes per pound.


First be sure the turkey is in a leak-proof plastic bag to prevent cross-contamination and to prevent the turkey from absorbing water, resulting in a watery product.


Submerge the wrapped turkey in cold tap water. Change the water every 30 minutes until the turkey is thawed. Cook the turkey immediately after it is thawed."

Cold Water Thawing Times


  • 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



A turkey thawed by the cold water method should be cooked immediately. After cooking, meat from the turkey can be refrozen.

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You can follow the directions for cold water thawing. You will need 12 hours to do this and then cook it right away. During the 12 hours for thawing, plan to change out or warm up the water (back to cold tap temperature) every 30 minutes. Umm, might be a long night !

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Cold water bath. Literally. Put it in the tub and submerge it in cold water. Change every 30 mins or so.


And as for something special to do with the turkey while it thaws...sing it a lullabye?


Oh fine! I was hoping I could kill two birds with one stone, brine and thaw ;).


Maybe I can thaw half, refridgerate, and thaw the other half?


Please!!!! I would rather not be up all night.

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