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rhuhbarb4 Fri 23-Dec-16 19:24:45

So most years I buy a fresh turkey which is picked up on Christmas Eve and put into the fridge ready for cooking the following morning however as I'm feeding a small army of guests I couldn't justify the cost of a fresh turkey big enough to feed them all. Instead I bought a frozen turkey at a fraction of the price.

I have just looked up my cooking times for so called turkeyou and also defrost times (as I have never defrosted something this big) and everywhere is saying that it should be defrosted in the fridge for 3-4 hours per kg. Well I have never defrosted in the fridge as we usually have fresh food. But I have now missed my deadline for defrosting the turkey in the fridge as it should have been in there early hours of the morning.

I stupidly thought that turkey could just be left out in the kitchen from tomorrow morning but everywhere I have looked has said that the turkey cannot be defrosted in temperatures higher than 20° as there is a risk of salmonella and I have nowhere else cooler that I could leave it.

So what do I do? The turkey weighs 10.20kg.

Thanks all

MrsHathaway Fri 23-Dec-16 19:26:46


rhuhbarb4 Fri 23-Dec-16 19:28:02

I thought garage too but our garage is external and absolutely freezing do I didn't know if it would defrost in time. The turkey has got to be in the oven for 6:30 christmas morning if it is to be cooked for dinner at 1:00.

MrsHathaway Fri 23-Dec-16 19:28:26


This year it's mild. Sealable box in the garden shed?

MrsHathaway Fri 23-Dec-16 19:28:53

How freezing is freezing? Warmer than the inside of your fridge, I bet.

fabulousathome Fri 23-Dec-16 19:30:12

A fridge is at 5 degrees C if that helps.

HemanOrSheRa Fri 23-Dec-16 19:30:55

I'd put it in the garage or boot of the car.

Mondrian Fri 23-Dec-16 19:30:57

Start off with defrosting it in fridge as long as you can and then transfer to a bucket of chilled water & cover with cling film. Make sure it remains chilled throughout by adding a few cubes of ice. This should speed up the process without harm.

LaCerbiatta Fri 23-Dec-16 19:31:02

Car boot?

rhuhbarb4 Fri 23-Dec-16 19:31:31

Yeah I suppose it is okay in the garage or the loft actually I guess if it's not defrosted I'll have to push dinner back a bit. I can't believe I did this and didn't check earlier.

TheMortificadosDragon Fri 23-Dec-16 19:32:29

Wouldn't it work if you partially defrosted it at room temp and then in the fridge. So long as it still feels cool outside, the frozen middle will be keeping the outside chilled. Or perhaps wrap well in plastic and immerse in sink of cold water to start the thawing.

rhuhbarb4 Fri 23-Dec-16 19:34:11

I did think about cold water but I also read that you need to change the water every 45 minutes not sure why though? Does anyone have any experience of defrosting in water?

HallowedMimic Fri 23-Dec-16 19:35:04

We've always defrosted ours in an unheated bedroom. It's too big for the fridge.

No o e has ever been sick.

rhuhbarb4 Fri 23-Dec-16 19:41:16

I am now trying to find defrost times for something warmer than a fridge but colder than the general household and I can't find anything. I think I might get the turkey out early tomorrow morning and then leave it on the garage and check later in the evening does this sound okay?

smellyboot Fri 23-Dec-16 19:46:22

id just defrost in a cool room. Our kitchen is quite cool over night etc.
Just dont warm it up for hours as thats when bacteria breed. As previous person said, the fact that its fozen in the middle will keep the whole thing cool ! Even if bacteria do breed a bit, as long as you cook it properly it will be fine - that kills the bacteria. Proper cooking is vital

FourKidsNotCrazyYet Fri 23-Dec-16 19:46:46

Mines been out all day today but I put it in the oven (I have a husky and he can reach everywhere). The confines of the oven keep it cold and it's barely even soft on the outside. I'll leave it in there tonight and put it in the fridge for tomorrow.

HemanOrSheRa Fri 23-Dec-16 19:49:45

I'd take it out tonight OP. Leave it in the garage overnight and check it in the morning. I can sense your panic! It'll be fine.

WellErrr Fri 23-Dec-16 19:50:31

Oh SHIT I'm so glad I saw this thread!!

When baby gets off the boob I'm going to get the turkey out, if I put it in an unheated room at night and garage during the day will that be ok????

smellyboot Fri 23-Dec-16 19:53:04

it will be fine!!! The issues arise when people put turkeys in the oven that are defrosted on outside but frozen in the middle and the middle never gets cooked properly. A lot of people defrost in a cold oven as stops cats and other pets getting at them hahaha

booellesmum Fri 23-Dec-16 19:57:24

I would just leave it in my utility to defrost. If I put anything in the fridge to defrost it takes days. I defrost chickens regularly by leaving them out in the kitchen overnight. We have never had food poisoning. As long as it's cooked properly it'll be fine.
I am paranoid however about raw chicken. Never wash it and never let it touch any work surface. If I have to cut chicken up I do it over the pan with scissors so it doesn't have to even touch a chopping board!

EdithWeston Fri 23-Dec-16 19:57:59

Useful site for defrosting and cooking times for turkeys and turkey crowns:

rhuhbarb4 Fri 23-Dec-16 19:58:51

wellerrr So glad i have reminded you and I'm not the only one to have forgot about the turkey.

The oven sounds like a perfect option but I will be needing the use the oven tomorrow to cook yule log. Would it be okay to leave in oven until tomorrow afternoon and then on countertop until 6:30 christmas day. I unfortunately don't have any fury friends that could get to it.

pklme Fri 23-Dec-16 20:00:07

It will be fine on the side, or in water. The water changing is to speed up the defrost. Put it in water, it will be cold enough. If it's still frozen tomorrow night, take it out of the water overnight. It should be room temperature before you cook it anyway.
As it starts to defrost, waggle the legs and remove the giblets packs. They are where the ice can stay, sometimes.

SheSaidNoFuckThat Fri 23-Dec-16 20:01:14

Mines thawing on the kitchen worktop! Nowhere else to put it, kitchen isn't warm

rhuhbarb4 Fri 23-Dec-16 20:03:09

Oh even forgot about the giblets pack next year I will buy a trusted fresh one I know what I'm doing with them!

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