Thanksgiving is a week away. If you’re preparing a turkey for the occasion, odds are you’re buying a frozen turkey this week. Come next Thursday, you may find yourself trying to quickly thaw that frozen Thanksgiving turkey because it didn’t get completely thawed in time.
For decades, I did just that. I would spend Thanksgiving morning wrestling with a frozen 16-pound turkey, thawing it out with multiple cold water baths. Then two years ago I finally decided that I was tired of tackling partially frozen turkeys. I wanted a turkey that was perfectly thawed out on Thanksgiving morning. No more numb hands from the frozen Thanksgiving turkey and cold water!
I went to the Butterball turkey website and immediately found out that I had indeed been doing it wrong for years. All I needed to remember was a simple formula: One day in the refrigerator thawing for each four pounds of turkey. I always had a 16-pound turkey thawing in the frig for only two to three days. No wonder I faced a partially frozen turkey on Thanksgiving morning!
I applied the formula – 16 pounds of turkey means four days thawing in the frig. It’s worked like a dream ever since. Not only did I finally solve the Thanksgiving morning dilemma, but I also discovered that the Butterball website is a great source for all things turkey.
One of my favorite features is a simple-to-use calculator page. You enter the number of adults and children, whether they’re light or heavy eaters, and if you want leftovers. The calculator then tells you how many pounds of turkey you need as well as how many cups of stuffing. There are also calculators to determine how long to thaw (refrigerator or cold water) and how long it will take to cook. There are even liquid and dry measurements conversion charts to make your Thanksgiving cooking even easier.
The site’s How-To’s section features videos and information pages such how to stuff and how to carve a turkey. Different ways of prepping a turkey from brining and marinading to injecting a marinade are covered. In addition, to the standard roasting method, the section covers other turkey cooking styles such as deep frying, grilling and smoking. There’s even a page with an illustration and directions on how to make a turkey lifter from kitchen twine.
Of course, if you any have problems cooking your Thanksgiving turkey, you can call Butterball’s famed “Turkey Talk-Line” (1-800-Butterball). The Talk-Line opened November 1 and will be available through December 24. The hotline is even open November 23, Thanksgiving Day. In addition to the Talk-Line, Butterball offers its expert advice in preparing your turkey and holiday meal through a number of different options:
- Text: Butterball now has a text option. Rather than calling the Talk-Line, you can text the help line at 844-877-3456.
- Live Chat or Email: You can live chat or email the turkey experts in November and December through the Butterball website’s contact us page.
- Butterball App: Download the free Butterball Cookbook Plus app on your Apple or Android device for cooking advice and recipes.
- Social Media: Butterball’s cooking advice, holiday recipes and more are available through Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. You can find the links at the bottom of the page on the Butterball website.