The full explanation of the water-bath method to thaw your turkey is here. If your turkey is mostly thawed, that is just fine. You can still use the water-bath method. The only difference is you will not need the full 20 minutes a pound. Keep checking it every 20 minutes until the turkey is fully thawed.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Dear Home-Ec 101,
I bought a fresh turkey yesterday so that I don’t have to deal with the thawing issue. Well, after handing it to my husband once I got home, he then put it in our deep freezer! I realized this at 4 am, so I ran to the garage and pulled it out. It seems pretty frozen.
It’s now in the fridge, but I’m not sure what to do since I can’t tell if it’s frozen solid. Do you know how long it takes to freeze a turkey solid? My turkey is 14lbs. I guess my only option would be to thaw the turkey out in cold water since I don’t have enough time to do it in the fridge.
Frazzled in Frampton
You are on the right track choosing to thaw your turkey with the water bath method. I don’t know exactly how long your turkey was in the deep freeze, but I’m betting it was long enough to fully freeze unless you were out shopping late in the evening.
Stick to the usual guideline of water bath thawing, which is 20 minutes per pound. After 5 hours, go ahead and put the thawed turkey in the refrigerator, where it will be just fine to cook on Thanksgiving day.
Isn’t it frustrating when our best efforts are foiled by the well-meaning?
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