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How to Cook and Thaw Your Turkey Like a Pro

The number one thing most people forget to do is thaw out that turkey.

Posted: Nov 22, 2020 10:57 AM
Updated: Nov 22, 2020 4:28 PM

More families could be cooking dinner this year as restaurant inside dining in Kentucky and Illinois has been cut due to rising COVID-19 numbers.

For Hoosiers, dining has been reduced at restaurants and bars for at least the next three weeks.

The number one thing most people forget to do is thaw out that turkey.

The USDA says to allow your frozen turkey to thaw in a 40-degree refrigerator. You should allow one day for every four-to-five pounds of your turkey’s total weight.

If you and your family plan to cook on the Thanksgiving Holiday you should start thawing now, depending on how large your frozen bird is. The USDA suggest to follow this guideline for the best results.

21 – 25 pounds Sat., Nov. 21
16 – 20 pounds Sun., Nov. 22
11 – 15 pounds Mon., Nov. 23
6 – 10 pounds Tues., Nov. 24
1 – 5 pounds Wed., Nov. 25

According to the USDA it is safe to leave your defrosted turkey in the refrigerator for one to two days before cooking.

If you plan to cook your turkey frozen, you better allow at least 50% longer for cooking time.

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