OMG Forgot to take out turkey need fast way to defrost 22 lbs turkey?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Here is a website with some ways to unthaw. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. http://www.ehow.com/tips_6592.0.html

    Quick thaw a frozen turkey - Put turkey in original bag in Igloo type cooler. Fill with water (I use the water hose) to cover turkey. Every 3-4 hours, open drain spout, drain cold water and cover with tap water. Do this the day before, regrigerate over night and cook in the morning.

    Easy Thawing Method - Simply place your frozen turkey into a sink or large container filled with cold water. Every hour you replace the cold water until the turkey is thawed. Just make sure the entire bird is submerged under water.

    Complete Defrost Assurance - To ensure that the bird is not still frosty deep inside, soak it in a sink full of cold water for two hours before roasting. This will help ensure that you don't wind up with a bird that's dry or overcooked on the outside and undercooked deep inside.

    Emergency thawing - As soon as you can get the frozen bird thawed enough to remove wrapping, soak the almost frozen bird in cold water in your sink. Make sure your sink is clean beforehand. You must change the water every 15 to 20 minutes to ensure the water is not getting to the temperature that bacteria grows at. After about 2-3 hours, you can remove the inside bag of giblets. Then you should keep with the water changing cycle for another 2-3 hours until fully thawed.

    Frozen turkey to thawed for emergency = about 6 hours for 17-22 pound turkey.

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  • Dave C
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    DO NOT USE HOT WATER!!!

    The link below gives a method using cold water in a sink and changing every 30 minutes. Leave turkey in it's original wrapper.

    From Good Eats, Alton Brown suggest leaving the water running at a slow trickle. This will defrost the turkey quicker because of the continuous motion of the water will help defrost the bird faster than just letting it sit in cold water.

    So if you have a big cooler with a drain spout, you can place the turkey in the cooler with the drain spout slightly open and the faucet on just enough to keep the water at a constant level, the turkey should defrost quicker.

    Probably best done in the basement or garage sink where if overflows it's not a big deal.... or put the cooler in the tub/shower overnight.

  • Tama
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    4 years ago

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    Many people make mistakes on this.. leaving a turkey out over night is one of the worst. The best...safest way is: Immerse the turkey in cold tap water. Check the water frequently to be sure it stays cold. Change the water every 30 minutes until the turkey is thawed. Then place back in the refrigerator. Cold Water Thawing Times 8 to 12 pounds...........4 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 Those are just some guesses that I have had experiences with in the past... Be safe.. that is the key.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Starting now, put it in a sink of COLD water (NOT hot, unless you want to start cookin' the bird now) and change the water every half hour until you go to bed tonight when you stick the turkey in the fridge (don't leave it in the water overnight). Tomorrow and Wednesday, repeat the same procedure, changing the cold water every half hour until you go to bed, then put the turkey in the fridge.

    If it's not completely thawed by oven time on Thursday, that's ok (I've put partially thawed turkeys in the oven to cook and we've all survived with no food-borne illnesses). Just make sure you cook it to the proper internal temperature.

  • 1 decade ago

    Cold Water thawing: Place turkey in unopened wrapper, breast down, and cover completely with cold tap water. Change water every 30 minutes to keep the surface cold. Estimate minimum thawing time to be 30 minutes per pound for a whole turkey (22 pound turkey = 11 hours)

    Source(s): www.butterball.com
  • 1 decade ago

    If the turkey is for Thanksgiving (as in Thursday)... it should still have enough time to defrost in the refrigerator. I would leave it in the fridge until Wednesday night. If it still feels like it's not going to be thawed by morning, you can put it in a sink of COLD water. Warm water isn't a good idea as it warms the bird up too much. It's okay to use warm water right before you cook it... but I wouldn't keep it soaking in warm water.

  • TK421
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Fill your bath tube with COLD water. Put the turkey in the bath tub for 24 hours. It should be defrosted. Do not use HOT water.

    Cold Water, 24 hours. Once you have done that, put it back in the ref. It will be good thawed and stored in the refer for 7 days or so.

  • 1 decade ago

    Quick thaw a frozen turkey - Put turkey in original bag in Igloo type cooler. Fill with water (I use the water hose) to cover turkey. Every 3-4 hours, open drain spout, drain cold water and cover with tap water. Do this the day before, regrigerate over night and cook in the morning. Submerge entire turkey each time

  • 1 decade ago

    Put it in a sink of COLD water, DO NOT use hot water. Just change the water every now and then and turn the turkey also.

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