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Old 11-17-2006, 12:54 PM   #1
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Defrosting the Bird - Help!

I have a 12 lb turkey frozen solid in my freezer. I want to roast it on Thursday. How many days in advance do I have remove it from my freezer and put it in the fridge to defrost?

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Old 11-17-2006, 12:56 PM   #2
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No later than Sunday. You could actually do it today. It's OK for the turkey to be in the fridge for a day or two after it's thawed.
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Old 11-17-2006, 01:59 PM   #3
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No later than Sunday. You could actually do it today. It's OK for the turkey to be in the fridge for a day or two after it's thawed.
Thanks Andy! I will take it out on Sat and put it on a tray in my fridge to defrost. Its been a few years since I did a frozen turkey, I usually order the fresh ones but I couldn't resist a sale at our local grocer earlier this month. After my rebate, the bird was only $1!
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Old 11-17-2006, 02:09 PM   #4
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Studies published in prior years show that you cannot tell the difference between a fresh and a frozen turkey after it's been cooked. I have cooked both and agree.
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Old 11-17-2006, 02:36 PM   #5
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I have a 12 lb turkey frozen solid in my freezer. I want to roast it on Thursday. How many days in advance do I have remove it from my freezer and put it in the fridge to defrost?
About two to three days in the fridge should do it. Further info:

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Old 11-17-2006, 02:55 PM   #6
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I must keep my refrigerator very cold because I have never been able to thaw a frozen turkey as fast as the charts indicate.
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Old 11-17-2006, 03:17 PM   #7
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Mine is 14 lbs., guess I'll take mine out of the freezer on Saturday also!
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Old 11-17-2006, 05:56 PM   #8
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Two or three days in the fridge barely thaws my turkeys. I took my 16 lb. out of the freezer today.
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Old 11-17-2006, 06:26 PM   #9
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Do not make the mistake of "2-3 days". Start no later than Saturday or Sunday as you plan. Mine is in the fridge now, 24#er that it is. Been there two days and it still won't be thawed by Wednesday.
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:57 PM   #10
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Kim puts ours in a cooler of cold water, and thaws it in his garage. It takes a couple of days that way. He usually brings it in the house the second day, so he can change the water now and then.
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