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How to Tell if a Frozen Turkey is Thawed Completely

Watch more Food Preparation Tips, Tricks, & Techniques videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to tell if a frozen turkey is thawed completely by following these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Remove the packaging Remove the turkey from the packaging, put it on a large dish, remove the giblets and neck, and cover it. Step 2: Thaw in the refrigerator Put the turkey in your refrigerator where it won't touch other foods. In a refrigerator at 39 degrees Fahrenheit, allow 10 to 12 hours per 2 pounds of turkey. Tip Put the turkey on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator to avoid liquid dripping onto other food items. Step 3: Thaw the turkey in a garage Thaw the turkey in a garage or other cool room if you don't have room in the fridge. In an area that is less than 64 degrees, allow three to four hours per 2 pounds of turkey. Step 4: Thaw at room temperature Allow an hour for each pound of turkey if you thaw your turkey at room temperature, or about 68 degrees. Step 5: Check to see if it's thawed Make sure there aren't any ice crystals in the bird's cavity before cooking. Poke the thicker parts of the turkey with a fork to make sure it feels soft and flexible. If the turkey is still hard, it may need more time. Step 6: Be sure your turkey is thawed Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before you cook it. If the bird is still partially frozen, the recommended cooking time won't be enough to cook it thoroughly and you risk bacteria that can cause food-borne illness to survive the cooking process. Did You Know? Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour.
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