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Old 01-19-2015, 04:19 PM   #1
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Thawing a turkey

I have a frozen 20 pound turkey and I put it in my garage for 30 hours and the temperature is 40 at night and 60 during the day, so after 30 hours (2 days and 1 night) I bring it into the house which is at 70 degrees and it should be thawed in 18 hours making it 48 hours to thaw a turkey. Something tells me I'm doing something wrong this time. Should I cook the turkey tomorrow morning when it should be thaw out after 48 hours?

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Old 01-19-2015, 04:27 PM   #2
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You don't want to cook it when it's thawed?
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:43 PM   #3
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If I read your post correctly, this turkey will be unrefrigerated for four days. That being the case, I would not eat it. It's been growing bacteria for too long and is dangerous.
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:18 PM   #4
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You don't want to cook it when it's thawed?
What does that mean. Your not going to cook the turkey when it's frozen?
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:20 PM   #5
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If I read your post correctly, this turkey will be unrefrigerated for four days. That being the case, I would not eat it. It's been growing bacteria for too long and is dangerous.
No 2 days, and it's still frozen and hopefully it will be thaw in the morning?
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:30 PM   #6
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It can easily take 3 or 4 days to thaw in the refrigerator. When I thaw one, I usually mix it up, a few hours on the kitchen counter, then a day in the fridge, repeated as necessary. I've tried it in the fridge for 3 days like the safety warnings always say, and it's still frozen solid when I'm supposed to be ready to cook it. I just try to keep tabs on it and make sure that the surface stays plenty cold. I haven't poisoned anyone to date.
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:37 PM   #7
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I felt the turkey and it's very cold so I have it in a plastic tub in a garbage bag and I'm going to put some ice in the tub with the lid on so it thaws out evenly. So I think I might have to wait an extra half day which will give me 2 1/2 days to thaw so it should be OK.
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You don't want to cook it when it's thawed?

What does that mean. Your not going to cook the turkey when it's frozen?
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Naturally, you have to wait till it's thawed. I was simply asking when you wanted to cook it.

Your question was..."Should I cook the turkey tomorrow morning when it should be thaw out after 48 hours?"

PS I'm curious how your turkey turned out back in 2012.

Cooking a 15-lb turkey in foil
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:09 PM   #9
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PS I'm curious how your turkey turned out back in 2012.

The Turkey turned out good. I worry about everything. I figure if anything that could go wrong will go wrong. I really have to change my attitude on life. Thank You for asking.
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You're welcome LS and welcome back. What have you been cooking since we last saw you?
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