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Time’s a-tickin’ to begin defrosting your Thanksgiving turkey – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2020-11-21 13:05:59 –

(WFXR) – Most families are expected to eat with Thanksgiving turkey, which is typical of holidays, but when the bird is “cold” in the freezer, when to start thawing the bird You need to remember.

A general rule of thumb is to thaw frozen turkeys in a 40 degree refrigerator daily for every 4-5 pounds of turkey.

Therefore, follow the table below for the optimal time to start turkey thawing.

Turkey weight Start defrosting at the latest …
21-25 pounds Saturday, November 21
16-20 lbs November 22 (Sun)
11 to 15 pounds November 23 (Monday)
6-10 lbs Tuesday, November 24
1-5 lbs Wednesday, November 25

USDA says it’s safe to keep thawed turkey in the fridge for a day or two before cooking.

If you forget to remove the turkey in time, you can also use the cold water method by simply immersing the frozen turkey in cold water and changing the water every 30 minutes. However, if you use this method, it is recommended that you cook the turkey as soon as the thawing is complete.

You can also cook frozen turkey. However, the cooking time will be 50% longer.

Click here for more information on USDA on how to safely thaw turkey.

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