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Old 08-04-2007, 11:19 AM   #1
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Defrosting a whole chicken

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Can anybody give me advice on defrosting a chicken. I read so many things but I will go with defrosting the turkey in cold water. I would prefer to put it in a big bowl of cold water and change the water every 30 minutes instead of letting the cold water run on it. I figured it was better not to waste all the water. Its really a small chicken, hummmmm maybey 2 or 3 lbs. So do you think about 2 hours defrosting would be accurate. Any help would be appreciated
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Old 08-04-2007, 11:33 AM   #2
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I'm not sure how long it will take. the more often you change the water, the faster it will defrost. It probably will take more than two hours.
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Old 08-04-2007, 11:44 AM   #3
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Using your method I would plan on 3 hours to be sure. If the bird has the "innards" frozen in the cavity, the quicker you dis-lodge them, and get them out the better!

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Old 09-11-2007, 04:05 PM   #4
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Can you defrost an entire chicken overnight while in the refrigerator?
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Sorry no help here, I try to take my birds out a day or two and fridge before I plan on using.
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Old 09-11-2007, 04:10 PM   #6
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So in other words, you have to take out the chicken at least two night and defrost in the refrigerator before using, right?

I also would like to know how does one avoid freezer burn on a chicken?
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Can you defrost an entire chicken overnight while in the refrigerator?

Sure can, but depending on the size of the bird, like a roaster, might take 2 days.


If you are thawing in water, make sure the water is moving. Put the bird in a bigger vessel, put said vessel in the sink, fill, and let the water trickle and overflow during the process.

Placing a frozen object in standing water is, well, acting like an ice cube.


As for freezer burn, you need to have 2 layers around the bird, 1 tight layer, and another layer that will hold cold air, but no direct contact with the bird, like an insulator.
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Sure can, but depending on the size of the bird, like a roaster, might take 2 days.


If you are thawing in water, make sure the water is moving. Put the bird in a bigger vessel, put said vessel in the sink, fill, and let the water trickle and overflow during the process.

Placing a frozen object in standing water is, well, acting like an ice cube.


As for freezer burn, you need to have 2 layers around the bird, 1 tight layer, and another layer that will hold cold air, but no direct contact with the bird, like an insulator.

That's useful information! Thanks for the tips!!
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If you are thawing in water, make sure the water is moving. Put the bird in a bigger vessel, put said vessel in the sink, fill, and let the water trickle and overflow during the process.
Or, if you have a jacuzzi...
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