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5. Your Turkey is Still Frozen Thanksgiving Morning

5. Your Turkey is Still Frozen Thanksgiving Morning

A 14-pound turkey takes 4 days to thaw completely in the refrigerator. You may be tempted to just put your frozen bird straight into the oven, but don’t. You’ll end up with the outside overdone and the inside still undercooked! That’s because the center is the most frozen part, so it takes longer to cook. Instead, submerge your frozen turkey in cold water. A 5-gallon bucket is usually a perfect size. Or use a CLEAN trashcan lined in plastic. A 14-pound turkey will thaw in a mere 7 hours in cold water. Just remember to switch out the water every hour or so. You want the water cold, not warm. Warm water could pose a food-safety hazard.

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