How to Defrost a Turkey
It can take a long time to thaw a frozen turkey, so plan accordingly! Place it on a tray or rimmed sheet pan to prevent juices from contaminating your fridge. Alternatively, a "quick-thaw" method, or submerging the frozen turkey in cold water, will take roughly nine hours, if you change the water every 30 minutes. If that bird is still frozen on Christmas day, it can still be cooked. Just remember it will take around four and a half to six hours to roast (vs. the normal three and a half).
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