Knowing the proper way to thaw a turkey is essential if you want everyone to enjoy their meal and not get sick. Most frozen turkeys come with directions on the label.
Here are some basic rules and guidelines for thawing a frozen turkey:
• Never thaw a turkey at room temperature.
• Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator, allowing one day per four pounds. For example if you have a 20-lb. turkey, you’ll need to thaw it in the refrigerator for 5 days. A 10-lb. turkey will need 2-1/2 to 3 days to thaw.
• If you don’t have that much time, you may thaw your turkey in cold water. Replace the water every few hours until the turkey has thawed. Then refrigerate until time to cook it.