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Old 11-24-2004, 12:14 AM   #1
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Hey why didn't anyone warn me to thaw the turkey

I was sitting on the couch tonight about 7:00 pm and for some reason I remembered my mom mentioning one time about putting the turkey in the refrigerator to thaw..........duh..........maybe it was her way of telling me what I needed to do. Thank God because the darn thing was still waiting for me at the grocery store. Dad and I had plans to do all the grocery shopping tomorrow.......including getting the turkey. Well after talking to one of my sis in laws I headed straight for the grocery store and you guessed it...........frozen turkeys.......errrrrrrrrr. Why the heck don't they have any not frozen. Well the birds in the sink in cold water. I'll take the hunker out before I go to bed and throw it in the fridge and back into the cold bath in the morning. Oh God I hope it thaws by 8:00 am Thursday

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Old 11-24-2004, 01:11 AM   #2
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I know its a no no, but I have left mine overnight in cold water. We haven't died yet. Good luck to you, hope it all works out.
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Old 11-24-2004, 01:43 AM   #3
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Don't say I said it but I wouldn't think it would hurt a thing either.
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Old 11-24-2004, 02:00 AM   #4
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Well if ya'll don't hear from me by Monday then you know the turkey done took us all.............straight to the ER
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In a ritzy restaurant I used to work at we always did our thawing this way, never had anyone complaining of sickness. (I don't know about the customers though)
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Old 11-24-2004, 07:01 AM   #6
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I think you'll be OK, Sizz. Like Alix, done it that way many times myself and look - still here!
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I've done this before also!
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Old 11-24-2004, 07:16 AM   #8
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Here's a tip for quick thawing turkeys. It's what I do when I'm in a rush and it's safe.

Place the turkey in a cooler. The smallest cooler you have. It will thaw in less than 24 hours if the cooler is kept in a warm place. Often, it thaws overnight. I use one of those "California Coolers." The kind that's soft sided with the zipper. I once put a remote thermometer on top of the turkey (warmest part -- heat rises) and the temp never went over 40 degrees.
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Old 11-24-2004, 08:54 AM   #9
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Sizzlin you are not alone. After years of watching my parents do the cold water in a clean bucket thing and all that stress, I buy the Turkey on Sunday and it stays in the refrigerator till Thursday. The cold water bucket has worked for thousands across North America, but I like Psiguy's info, never thought of the cooler. I think the rule is you need 4 hours of thaw per pound.
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Old 11-24-2004, 09:11 AM   #10
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We always lay ours in the bottom of the frig about a week before. If needed to thaw otherwise it would be in water, changed every 30 minutes.

Even tho some have done it in the past with no problems, one must remember with all the processing of today's food, we aren't dealing with the sam kind of conditions as in the past.

Then there is always that first/only time it will happen. Is it really worth the chance?
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