Turkey 101 Thawing a Turkey

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There’s no difference in the nutrient content or the taste. Frozen turkeys can be purchased long in advance, but will have to be thawed. To thaw a turkey, you will need to place it on a rimmed dish in the refrigerator, counting on five hours of thawing time for every pound (example: 10 lb. turkey = 50 hours of thawing in the refrigerator). An alternative is to thaw the turkey submerged in cold water, in either your sink or a suitable container, changing the water every 60 minutes. Using this method, your turkey will require one hour of thawing time for every pound of turkey (example: 10 lb. turkey = 10 hours using cold water thawing method). For more information, visit

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