The Thursday before Thanksgiving you’re supposed to take your turkey out of the freezer and allow it to thaw slowly in the fridge. Rule of thumb says for every four pounds of bird, allow one day to thaw in the refrigerator. But what if it’s 24 hours before the big day and the bird is still frozen solid? Whatever you do, DO NOT break out the hair dryer, and please, please do not even think about wrapping it burrito-style in a heating blanket.
What’s the quickest way to thaw a turkey? In the bathtub. At the advice of Butterball Turkey Talk Line’s Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, get the kids out of the bathtub and sit your Thanksgiving turkey in its original packaging breast-side down in the middle of a pool of cool water. Using this quick thaw method, it will defrost at the rate of 30 minutes for every one pound of bird. So a 12-pound turkey should be completely thawed in 6 hours, and a 16-pounder in 8. Be sure to use cool water–not hot–or you’ll shock the packaging, and cycle out the water every hour or so to keep it at a warmer temperature, ensuring a speedy thawing time.
Still in a panic? Take a deep breath and give the Turkey Talk Line a call.