How to thaw a frozen turkey

You wouldn’t think we would write a blog post about how to thaw a frozen turkey, but if not done correctly, you may not get to experience the full flavour.

So, let’s explore how to properly thaw a frozen turkey. We have a couple techniques you can use, which will help preserve your Butterball turkey before cooking.

How to thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator.
If you have enough space in your fridge and you choose to pursue this option, then please ensure you have a tray to catch the juice. This is not the fastest method to thaw your turkey, but it’s one of the better ways as it keeps the meat cold throughout the entire process.

This is all you need to do:

  • Place the frozen turkey in its wrapper on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator
  • The frozen turkey should be left there for 1 day per 4 pounds

This method can be lengthy and should be pre-planned to ensure you’ve given the turkey enough time to thaw.

How to thaw a frozen turkey in cold water.
If you don’t have the time to thaw your turkey, then this is one of the fastest ways.

Follow these simple steps:

  • Place the frozen turkey in its unopened wrapper, breast down in a sink filled with cold tap water
  • Change the water every 30 minutes to keep surface of turkey cold
  • Thawing time is about 30 minutes per 1 pound

If you follow all of these steps, your turkey will be ready for cooking.

No thawing is necessary with these items.
If you prefer not to thaw a frozen turkey or go through the process, then here are some perfect options for you – purchase a Butterball Fresh Whole Turkey or A Cook from Frozen Turkey that is Stuffed or not Stuffed.