Turkey Thawing Guidelines

Turkey Thawing Time in the Refrigerator (40°F) – approx. 24 hours per 5 pounds

Leave the bird in its original wrapping and place on a tray inside refrigerator.

 

Whole Turkey Weight           Thawing Time           Day to Begin (a.m.)

8 to 12 lbs                                           1 to 2 days                  Tuesday

12 to 16 lbs                                         2 to 3 days                  Monday

16 to 20 lbs                                         3 to 4 days                  Sunday

20 to 24 lbs                                         4 to 5 days                  Saturday

Turkey Thawing Time in Cold Water – approx. 30 minutes per pound.

Change the water every half-hour.

Whole Turkey Weight              Thawing Time          

8 to 12 lbs                                          4 to 6 hours

12 to 16 lbs                                        6 to 8 hours

16 to 20 lbs                                       8 to 10 hours

20 to 24 lbs                                       10 to 12 hours

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