When Should I Take Out My Turkey?

Thawing Turkey: Your Thanksgiving REMINDER

Here’s your annual reminder to set an alarm to start thawing your Thanksgiving turkey. When, you ask? This form will tell you exactly which day to take it out of your freezer and put it in your fridge!

Create a less-stressful Thanksgiving – plan to thaw your bird

The easiest and safest way to cook a frozen-solid whole turkey is to start by thawing it in the fridge. Since turkeys come in different sizes, larger birds take longer to thaw than smaller ones. So, if you’re going to cook your turkey Thanksgiving morning, you need to figure out how far ahead of time you need to start thawing it. To do that, you need to calculate the time based on the bird’s weight.

How long do I thaw a whole turkey?

According to the USDA, you should allow approximately 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds of turkey to thaw in a refrigerator set at 40 °F or below.

But you still have to count backwards to get the approximate time/day.


When Should I Take Out My Turkey?

Here’s the easy way

If you plan to start cooking it the morning of Thursday, November 28, 2019:

1. go to this Google Form: https://forms.gle/1Z47yuSwNqRH9L2T9

2. select the size (in pounds) of your turkey

…and it will tell you what day you need to take your turkey out of the freezer.


TIP: To make this even easier – ⏰ set an alarm on your phone or calendar in the morning on the day you need to take out the turkey. When you get the alert, put the turkey in a container (in case it leaks while thawing) in your fridge!

Can I thaw a turkey ahead of time?

YES. The USDA says you can keep a thawed turkey in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days before cooking. Take it out about a day before the form tells you to if you’re worried it will need longer to thaw.

What if I forget to thaw my turkey?

Thanksgiving isn’t ruined yet! If you don’t thaw it in the refrigerator, you can still use either the cold water or microwave method. Just be sure to follow the safety guidelines from the USDA.

How long do I need to cook my turkey?

To cook it safely, you need all parts of the turkey to reach a minimal internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. For more information, the USDA’s website has roasting instructions and approximate cooking times.

ℹ️ Based off information from the USDA at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/poultry-preparation/turkey-basics-safe-thawing/CT_Index

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