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You Will Need
- Turkey's weight
- Thawing location
Remove the packaging
Remove the turkey from the packaging, put it on a large dish, remove the giblets and neck, and cover it.
Thaw in the refrigerator
Put the turkey in your refrigerator where it won't touch other foods. In a refrigerator at 39 degrees Fahrenheit, allow 10 to 12 hours per 2 pounds of turkey.
Thaw the turkey in a garage
Thaw the turkey in a garage or other cool room if you don't have room in the fridge. In an area that is less than 64 degrees, allow three to four hours per 2 pounds of turkey.
Thaw at room temperature
Allow an hour for each pound of turkey if you thaw your turkey at room temperature, or about 68 degrees.
Check to see if it's thawed
Make sure there aren't any ice crystals in the bird's cavity before cooking. Poke the thicker parts of the turkey with a fork to make sure it feels soft and flexible. If the turkey is still hard, it may need more time.
Be sure your turkey is thawed
Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before you cook it. If the bird is still partially frozen, the recommended cooking time won't be enough to cook it thoroughly and you risk bacteria that can cause food-borne illness to survive the cooking process.