The Butterball Hotline's Most Asked Questions

If you’re the one in charge of making your family’s Thanksgiving turkey this year you’re probably feeling some pressure to get it right. Luckily, if you have any questions about the process Butterball offers its Turkey Talk Line every year. So what’s the most-asked question they get each and every year? “How do I thaw a turkey?” To save you the call, Nicole Johnson, an expert from Butterball’s Talk Line says there’s really only two ways to go about thawing your bird. She says the first and best method is to remove your wrapped turkey from the freezer and put it on a tray breast-side up inside your refrigerator (set at 40 degrees or lower.) Johnson says for every four pounds of turkey you should allow 1 day of thawing. If you don’t have time like that you’ll want to employ the second method, called cold-water thawing. For this one you’ll create a cold-water bath in a clean sink and place the still-wrapped turkey breast-side down in the bath. Every 30 minutes you should change the water and rotate the turkey. This way should only take around 30-minutes per pound to thaw out. Also, once your turkey is thawed it should remain in the fridge until it’s time to cook it.

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