Defrosting 101 – Turkey Edition

Some of you have been cooking turkeys for decades.  In fact we don’t doubt that some of our readers could pluck and stuff a bird so beautifully it would make us cry.  However many of you are undertaking your first turkey this Thanksgiving.  For those first timers, the key to a decent (or at least edible) turkey is to defrost it properly.  After that, the rest is gravy (sometimes literally…gravy can salvage even the driest bird).  Here are some tips for defrosting your fowl friend.

If you bought your turkey frozen, keep it frozen until you are ready to thaw.  Then follow these thawing tips (curtsey of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Since Thanksgiving is approaching in T-3 days and counting, get defrosting and good luck!

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