"Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow!"
Most of you have had your turkey defrosting in fridge since the weekend.
A frozen turkey can take up to four days to defrost.
What about us idiots who wait till the last minute.
If you can find one pay the extra money & get a fresh turkey, although often partially frozen they aren't hard frozen.
If all you can find is a boulder( been there) a water bath at 40F will defrost much quicker than in a fridge.
Take an ice chest & fill with cold water& put the turkey in ( don't worry we'll sterilize the chest later)
Chech the water temp an hour later , you want it to be 40 or below.
Wednesday open the bird & pull the giblets.
The bird doesn't have to be completely unthaw end.
Put in a 2 & 1/2 gal. Zip lock with your brine overnite, that'll finish the defrosting.
Season & cook bird T-Day & you're golden.
Wash ice chest with soap & water & rub with a weak bleach solution
It's safe for use again
Finally as a last minute fail safe buy three 5 LB chickens & smoke them.
Easier to cook & taste better