How long does it take to dethaw a turkey?

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drbabs
drbabs November 13, 2010

In the refrigerator (which is what is recommended) about 24 hours per 5 pounds of bird--but don't leave it more than 5 days. (You can take out the giblets etc. as they thaw to expedite the thawing.)

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pikawicca
pikawicca November 13, 2010

How long does it take to realize there's no such word as "dethaw?"

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Mr_Vittles
Mr_Vittles November 13, 2010

Three days typically.

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shelle
shelle November 13, 2010

How boring is your life, pikawicca? I've never seen you contribute anything but worthless snark around here.

You can also quick-thaw a turkey by submerging (unwrapped) it in a large, clean bucket of water and changing the water every 30 minutes. Allow 30 minutes per pound. I find this to be a pain in the butt, though.

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pierino
pierino November 13, 2010

I[m joining the long slow, in the refrigerator chorus on this. I mean there's still 12 days until you have to start seriously cooking. And yes, "thaw" would be the correct usage."Dethaw" or "unthaw" would suggest the opposite.

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nutcakes
nutcakes November 13, 2010

My fridge is cold, so I am giving my 16 pounder 4 days.

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ImmaEatThat
ImmaEatThat November 13, 2010

You can also dethaw in your sink and run cold water over it. Make sure to change out your water, however. NO WARM WATER!

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