Facing Thanksgiving Day with a still-frozen turkey? Don’t panic. There’s still time for safely thawing your Thanksgiving turkey in time to get it cooked and on the table for dinner.
Although the preferred thawing method is refrigerator thawing, it also takes more time, turkey expert company Butterball points out. The other recommended thawing method, cold water thawing, requires more attention but is far faster. (Never thaw a turkey at room temperature!)
Cold Water Thawing
Cold water thawing your Thanksgiving turkey requires approximately 30 minutes thawing (at a minimum) for every pound. For example, a 10-pound turkey will take five hours to thaw via the cold water method. (On the other hand, the refrigerator method would take two and one half days to thaw the same turkey.) Butterball’s website has a handy online calculator that tells you how long thawing a turkey will take when you enter the number of pounds.
To thaw a turkey with the cold water method, place the turkey breast side down in an unopened wrapper. Make sure that there is enough water to completely cover the turkey.
Every 30 minutes, change the water covering the turkey. If there is not enough water to completely cover it, you also need to rotate the turkey every 30 minutes to make sure it is chilled.
Turkey Talk-Line to the Rescue
Still having turkey issues? Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line (1-800-BUTTERBALL) is open from 6 am to 6 pm (Central Time) Thanksgiving Day, as well as 8 am to 8 pm weekdays and 8 am to 6 pm weekends through Christmas Eve.
Since 1981, the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line has dispensed advice to Thanksgiving cooks. Initially, the Turkey Talk-Line had six home economists answering questions. This year, more than 50 turkey experts will answer more than 100,000 questions. And Butterball anticipates the hotline will receive more than 10,000 calls on Thanksgiving Day alone.
Butterball also provides tips via text, live chat and social media. Additionally, you can contact the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line by using Amazon Alexa. Find out more at the Butterball website.