Guidelines for Thawing Your Turkey

In the Refrigerator

  1. Leave the turkey in its original wrapping and place on a tray inside the refrigerator.
  2. Check the weight and allow approximately 24 hours per 5 pounds.

Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time Day to Begin (a.m.)
8 to 12 lbs 1 to 2 days Tuesday
12 to 16 lbs 2 to 3 days Monday
16 to 20 lbs 3 to 4 days Sunday
20 to 24 lbs 4 to 5 days Saturday

In Cold Water

  1. Change the water every half-hour.
  2. Check the weight and allow approximately 30 minutes for every pound.
Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time
8 to 12 lbs 4 to 6 hours
12 to 16 lbs 6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 lbs 8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 lbs 10 to 12 hours

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