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Nov 15, 2009 01:26 PM

Frozen turkey question

I just got a Bell and Evans frozen 12 lb, turkey for Thanksgiving. How long does it need to defrost in the fridge?

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  1. The USDA suggests 3-4 days.

    1. Try to keep in a drawer in the fridge, and not in the coldest part near the back and on the bottom. I have found that putting the meat or veggie drawer on a medium setting seems to be the best environment for defrosting, plus you can just wash the drawer out when you are done and ready to restock with other items, The drawer provides built-in leak protection too.

      If you are still facing some ice, just put in a deep pot in the sink and run cool, not warm, water in the pot at a trickle. That seems to be enough for most recipes. I am assuming you are roasting, not frying?

      1. If you're short on fridge space, use a large cooler with a bit of ice to keep the temp around 40 degrees F.