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Old 11-17-2007, 01:32 PM   #1
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Question Oops! Began defrosting turkey early..refroze.. will it be ok?

Hello. I'm cooking my first whole turkey next week. I heard that a turkey takes about 5 days to defrost in the fridge, so I brought my frozen turkey home and stuck it in the fridge. Welllll.. that's not how long an 11.5 turkey takes to defrost. As soon as I found it will only take 2 days, I immediately took it from the fridge and into the freezer. It was in the fridge for about 18.5 hours. Will it be okay and just as tasty when I defrost it for real next week


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Old 11-17-2007, 03:34 PM   #2
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Even though it's a relatively small bird, if I were you I would just put it back in the fridge. I've had 5-pound ducks take 3-4 days to fully defrost in my fridge. Plus, keep in mind that even after your bird fully defrosts it's still good for several days refrigerated as is.

Why take a chance on a partially defrosted bird (not that that's the end of the world)? I say stick it back in the fridge. Even if the "powers that be" & your fridge temp prevail & your turkey is defrosted by Monday, it'll still be just fine for Thursday roasting.

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Old 11-17-2007, 03:39 PM   #3
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My turkeys are usually about 12 - 15 lbs. and it takes about 5 days to defrost in my fridge.
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Old 11-17-2007, 04:04 PM   #4
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It's back in the fridge. Thank you.
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Old 11-17-2007, 04:10 PM   #5
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mmmm, i bought my turkey yesterday, a 19 pounder, which was frozen solid. i really didn't want to empty out a freezer just to store it for a coupla days, so it went into the fridge.

i did some reading up on it today, and we both should be ok. even if the bird is defrosted by tomorrow, it should be good for another week or so without suffering any noticably ill effects in quality.

actually, it's better to be sure that it's defrosted rather than try to cook something that's still frozen in the center. it would become terribly dry and overcooked trying to get it to reach the proper temp internally.
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Old 11-17-2007, 04:35 PM   #6
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In my experience, it's always taken a lot longer to thaw a turkey than they say. Of course, I keep my fridge pretty cold.

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Old 11-17-2007, 05:15 PM   #7
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You don't have to start cooking a turkey the instant it's defrosted.

Refrigerators are made to keep unfrozen food safe for days. If your turkey thaws out on Monday, the fridge will keep it in good shape until Thursday.
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:17 AM   #8
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I would definitely check the temperature in your fridge. An 11.5 lb. turkey should take much longer to defrost than 2 days. I always get 2 twelve pounders and they take at least 4 days to defrost completely. My fridge is at 36 degrees.
Because they're vacuum sealed, they will still be fresh 3 days after defrosting.
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:27 AM   #9
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36 in a Fridge! are you NUTS!!!!

they should be at 4 degrees at Most!

wait a min I`ll find the Correct recommendation....

here`s one: FSIC: Knowing your fridge
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:40 AM   #10
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yt, you're thinking celsius, and I'm thinking Fahrenheit. 36 degrees F is OK

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