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How many day would a 30 lb turkey take to thaw in refrigerator

How many days in the refrigerator would a 30 lb turkey need?
asked Nov 24, 2013 by Susan




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Refrigerator Thawing Times
Whole turkey:

 

  • 4 to 12 pounds …… 1 to 3 days
  • 12 to 16 pounds …… 3 to 4 days
  • 16 to 20 pounds …… 4 to 5 days
  • 20 to 24 pounds …… 5 to 6 days


A thawed turkey can remain in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days before cooking. Foods thawed in the refrigerator can be refrozen without cooking but there may be some loss of quality.

Cold Water Thawing
Allow about 30 minutes per pound.

First be sure the turkey is in a leak-proof plastic bag to prevent cross-contamination and to prevent the turkey from absorbing water, resulting in a watery product.

Submerge the wrapped turkey in cold tap water. Change the water every 30 minutes until the turkey is thawed. Cook the turkey immediately after it is thawed.

Cold Water Thawing Times

 

  • 4 to 12 pounds …… 2 to 6 hours
  • 12 to 16 pounds …… 6 to 8 hours
  • 16 to 20 pounds …… 8 to 10 hours
  • 20 to 24 pounds …… 10 to 12 hours


A turkey thawed by the cold water method should be cooked immediately. After cooking, meat from the turkey can be refrozen.
 

 

answered Nov 25, 2013 by anonymous
7 days 12 hours breast side up...please do not defrost on countertop.
answered Dec 14, 2013 by josie (51,120 points)

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