Get tips for buying, cooking, and carving your Thanksgiving bird from the experts at Cooking Light, Real Simple, and Sunset.
Turkey Defrosting Tips
The best–and safest–defrosting method is to set the bird in a shallow pan in the refrigerator for 24 hours per 5 pounds of turkey. Keep in mind you'll need to save room in the refrigerator as this will take several days. The turkey is fully thawed when the thick part of the turkey registers 40 degrees. For tips to defrosting in a hurry, read, The Turkey is Still Frozen at RealSimple.com.
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