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Learn How to Thaw Turkey safely, easily, and in as little time as possible! Plus, I’ll share the best Thanksgiving turkey recipes with you!
Keep the turkey in its original packaging while it thaws; don’t unwrap it.
Place the bird breast-side up in a baking pan. This prevents any juices from dripping out into the refrigerator as it thaws.
Add to the refrigerator and thaw for 1 day per 5 pounds of turkey. For example, a 20-pound turkey will take 4 days to thaw using this method.
Fill a sink or large bucket with cold water. The water must be cold! Never thaw in warm or hot water.
Keep in its original packaging and add it to a large plastic bag that won’t leak or take in any water. Push any extra air out of the bag and seal it tightly.
Add to the cold water bath. It may need to be weighed down; you can do this using anything heavy, like cans or a heavy plate.
Change the cold water as necessary to keep it cold – generally, every 30 minutes.
Remove all wrapping, tags, and clips. You want to make nothing but the bird is going into the microwave.
Place the turkey breast-side up in a microwave-safe pan. This is important to catch the drippings from the bird.
Thaw according to instructions fitting your model of microwave, or 6 minutes per pound as a general rule.