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Old 11-17-2006, 08:41 PM   #11
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I'm going to have to concure with Constance and go with the cooler of cold water, or better yet, a nice cold shower. Literally. I'd drop it in the shower and let that run for a while. Then (when you can't stand to let the water run that long) put in in a cooler or something. The running water will (hopefully) do a good deal to thaw the outer layer while the tub will help get the inner..

Or I'm dead wrong. I've never thawed one myself and only know the principle.

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Old 11-17-2006, 08:49 PM   #12
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We decided to get only a ten pounder or so this year (we always get a humongous gobbler and are eating turkey until Christmas). What we will wind up with when we get to the store we shall see (we both always want to buy far more than we need).

Will buy it tomorrow and let it thaw in the fridge.

Absolutely agree with the posters who say a 16 pound bird or so in the fridge will not thaw in in three days. Why we are told that they will, I am not sure. Perhaps the folks that tell us that have a fridge warmer than we keep ours (we keep them on the cold side) or maybe it is worry about liability ("I thawed it for four days, your Honor, and m'whole family came down with the most awful disorder, and the kids willl never be the same").

If it thaws early, as Andy said, a day or two in the fridge will not hurt it.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Old 11-17-2006, 11:22 PM   #13
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I've already got one bird defrosting in the fridge. We're deep frying two birds this year. One "regular" one and one free range diestel turkey. We're picking up the diestel this weekend. Heard theirs isn't frozen solid so should also be ready by Thursday.
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Old 11-18-2006, 07:14 AM   #14
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I was going to recommend a cooler, too.

I don't put any water in, just the bird. The cooler stays quite cold. When the bird begins to thaw and get soft, I put in in the fridge to finish.

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