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You haven't bought the turkey YET!!!

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Post Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:41 pm
lostarrow well done
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Location: mississippi
"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
New Braunfels
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Post Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:59 pm
ScreamingChicken BBQ Deputy
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Location: Stoughton, WI
Are you speaking from experience, John? :lol:

I get a turkey from my employer every year and they're usually handed out 9 days before Thanksgiving so that there'll be plenty of time for it to thaw. I'm glad I've never gotten caught in a bind where the bird had to be "force-thawed".

Post Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:17 pm
lostarrow well done
well done

Posts: 598
Location: mississippi
ScreamingChicken wrote:
Are you speaking from experience, John? :lol:

I get a turkey from my employer every year and they're usually handed out 9 days before Thanksgiving so that there'll be plenty of time for it to thaw. I'm glad I've never gotten caught in a bind where the bird had to be "force-thawed".

When I first cooked a turkey I had no idea it took days to defrost!
This was long before the Internet ,
The 3 chickens were cooked on purpose another year, & in my option were better but the FAM likes tradition.
New Braunfels
vermont castings gas grill
WSM
Char-Griller Kamodo


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