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Nov 20, 2007 03:59 PM

Will the turkey still be frozen?

I bought an 11.3 pound turkey Monday evening and put it in the fridge to thaw at 7PM Monday. Since I've heard it takes a day to thaw for each 4 pounds of turkey, will the turkey be thawed by Thursday morning when we want to cook it? What if it isn't completely thawed? Thanks!

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  1. You can do the restaurant speed-thawing trick by putting the turkey (still in the sealed bag) in a stoppered sink and running a small trickle of water over it. Let the overflow run into the other sink, if you have one, or try to put the whole thing in a dishpan. The important part is to run a very small trickle of water over it. Water conducts heat _very_ well, and adding new water will keep the temperature from going too low. It should thaw a completely frozen turkey of that size in 4 - 6 hours. From where you would be standing, an hour underwater would be insurance. If the entire bird is around 50 Degrees F at the start of cooking, it will take a bit less time than usual to cook, so be sure to use a thermometer.

    1. I find the 5 hours/per pound a more accurate way of judging how long it will take the turkey to thaw. Using that guideline, your turkey out to be thawed by 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Just about perfect. If you find it isn't fully thawed Thursday morning--but I bet it will be--the running water trick is the way to go.

      1. by and by Lord, by and by.
        Will the turkey still be frozen
        When we eat our pumpkin pie

        Sorry, but the title caught my eye/ear

        Seriously tho, Put your turkey in the broiler pan and run a trickle of COLD water into the cavity for a few hours tomorrow. That way, you will jumpstart the thawing process.