Thawing a Frozen Turkey

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Most brands of frozen turkey have thawing instructions on the wrapper… it is recommended you follow their instructions. The instructions below are from Butterball. For additional thawing instructions for other Butterball products such as frozen fully baked or smoked turkeys… go to their website.

For Thawing a Frozen Whole Turkey, Whole Turkey Breast or a Boneless Roast:

Refrigerator Thawing:

Thaw breast side up, in the unopened wrapper, on a tray in the refrigerator (the tray will prevent juices from the thawing turkey leaking onto other foods and contaminating them).

Allow for at least 1 day of thawing for every 4 pounds of turkey.

Cold Water Thawing:

Thaw breast side down, in unopened wrapper, in enough water to cover it completely.
Change the water frequently to keep the turkey chilled.

Estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per pound for a whole turkey.

Source: Butterball

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