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Oh shit forgot to defrost the turkey!

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Humphriescushion Sat 24-Dec-16 18:16:38

I have a rolled and boned five kilo turkey and I forgot to take it out of the freezer till now! We are not eating till 4 so that is one thing but was going to put it in the oven at 11. Will it defrost in time? I have put it in the sink in cold water but I have to change the water every 30 mins so will have to put it in the fridge when I go to bed. Please tell me it will be ok?

You may want to plan having dinner a little later tomorrow!

If it makes you feel better, we ended up not having Christmas dinner until 10pm last year for the same reasongrinblush

Iamarealgrownup Sat 24-Dec-16 18:21:11

Don't put it in the fridge, leave it on counter top. Have you got a meat thermometer to check the inside once it's been cooked?

OddBoots Sat 24-Dec-16 18:21:43

www.butterball.com/how-tos/thaw-a-turkey says it will take 5 hours with the cold water method, you have time.

fallenempires Sat 24-Dec-16 18:21:52

Is that you Denise Royle?fgrin
I think it will be a close thing but not impossible, keep trying what you are doing & if it isn't fully defrosted cook it on Boxing Day.

PatriciaHolm Sat 24-Dec-16 18:22:14

www.britishturkey.co.uk/cooking/cooking-calculators.html

Ummm this reckons it'll take 20 hours in a cool room....

FeckinCrutches Sat 24-Dec-16 18:22:19

Don't put it in the fridge! Leave it out, should defrost in 12+ hours, no way it will defrost in the fridge.

Mumoftwoyoungkids Sat 24-Dec-16 18:22:40

Looks like you'll just about get away with it.

www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/turkeythawingchart.html

5kg = 11 pounds. So probably about 6 hours.

butteredbarmbrack Sat 24-Dec-16 18:22:51

You could try in the oven at really low temp, 30 degrees, for a few hours (if not using the oven for dinner tonight!)

Benedikte2 Sat 24-Dec-16 18:30:28

Isn't that what microwave ovens defrost programmes are for? There have been times I would have starved with a full freezer if it hadn't been for my trusty microwave

Humphriescushion Sat 24-Dec-16 18:34:37

I would not put it in my microwave Bened, it is very basic model and no controls on it at all - and i wont fit either.
I would have left it on the counter all night but all advice on the internet says not to. Do you think it it will be ok if I leave it out? Thanks all for advice.

gamerchick Sat 24-Dec-16 18:36:08

Leave it out, turn the heating off.

It'll be fine.

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Sat 24-Dec-16 18:37:34

I'd leave it out as long as your kitchen isn't overly hot.

Our fridge is broken (4 days before bloody Christmas and we are hosting fangry) so I've had to leave our turkey out on the side to defrost but our kitchen is fairly cool

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 24-Dec-16 18:37:50

It'll be fine if you leave it out in a cool room. Ours is in the garage, fresh from today as we can't fit it in the fridge.

NapQueen Sat 24-Dec-16 18:39:36

Bath of cold water overnight?

mermaidbutmytailfelloff Sat 24-Dec-16 18:40:10

Be careful! You say it is boned and rolled, so there isn't an air gap inside like there is in a normal turkey. It will therefore need a lot longer than a conventional bird of the same weight.

I think a sink of cold water is the way to go.

AndNowItsSeven Sat 24-Dec-16 18:42:40

Leave it on the side ,I never defrost anything in the fridge.

Humphriescushion Sat 24-Dec-16 18:55:11

Ok, so will continue with the cold water until I go to bed. Then I have a fridge ( spare one- dont ask!) and I will put it in there overnight, but turn the fridge up so it is not so cold. Then contine in the morning with the cold water. That will be three hours in the cold water tonight and then at least four hours tomorrow, and a cool but not too cold fridge overnight. Thanks for the links, made me feel a bit more confident that that will work.

Ibelieve123 Sat 24-Dec-16 18:59:32

Omg I've done same thing today.
It's currently sat in a bowl full of cold water
I took it out at 4 mind.
I'm gonna leave it out all night & pray it will be okay.

EnoughAlreadyLady Sat 24-Dec-16 19:01:23

Don't leave it in the fridge! Even a turned up one!
Countertop overnight will be fine.

EnoughAlreadyLady Sat 24-Dec-16 19:02:08

Also in the morning you can rinse the cavity using cool water to help defrost the final bit inside

AndNowItsSeven Sat 24-Dec-16 19:02:21

NO FRIDGE !!!

Sofabitch Sat 24-Dec-16 19:03:07

Anyone near south hampshire then the junk food cafe just picked up 70 fresh turkeys from Marks and Spencer...didn't sell in time. They are up for a donation

therootoftheroot Sat 24-Dec-16 19:04:00

NO FRIDGE!!! ffs!
just leave it on the counter in the kitchen with a clean tea towel over it

Crispbutty Sat 24-Dec-16 19:04:03

I'm a chef. Leave it in cold water in the sink. Personally I would cut it in half too.

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