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Boychucker Nov 20, 2007 03:59 PM

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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    phxcook Nov 20, 2007 04:10 PM

    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. JoanN Nov 20, 2007 04:25 PM

      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.

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        chrisinroch Nov 20, 2007 06:14 PM

        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.

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