If you're cooking turkey for the holidays, then you're probably buying a frozen turkey.
And if you're going the frozen turkey route, then, like me, you're probably thinking of how to defrost it between now and Thanksgiving.
I've heard of all the different ways to defrost a turkey, but I wanted to know: Which one is the safest or quickest? Also, what are my options if I'm stupid and waited until the last minute to thaw my turkey?
According to all three experts, the safest way to defrost a turkey is over time, in a fridge.
The QUICKEST way to thaw a frozen turkey, on the other hand, is by using a microwave, but that's pretty impractical since most turkeys won't fit into a standard microwave.
The second quickest way is by placing the frozen turkey in a super cold water bath, draining the bath every 30 minutes and making sure the water NEVER gets warm.
What if I want to thaw my turkey at room temperature? I do that all the time with other foods and I'm still alive so it can't be too dangerous. 😅
Hold on, though. Wouldn't cooking the turkey for two hours kill any bacteria anyway? Nope, says the USDA.
And if you waited until the absolute very last minute to thaw your turkey, here's what you can do:
And FYI, this video will teach you all you need to know about deboning and roasting the perfect turkey.
You can check out all of Tasty's guides and recipes for the perfect Thanksgiving feast here.