Is the thought of prepping your holiday turkey already stressing you out? We talked with Nicole Johnson and Sue Smith, co-directors of the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, to find out the most common turkey troubles and how to avoid them. Plus: Show-Stopping Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes »
Turkey Trouble #1: How do I thaw my turkey?
Most Turkey Talk-Line customers call in with this question. Johnson and Smith have two recommended thawing methods, depending on how crunched you are for time.
1. Refrigerator thawing. This method is preferred and requires less attention, but it can also take longer. To go this route, place your turkey breast-side up on a tray with its wrapper unopened. Keep this tray in the refrigerator and allow one day of thawing for every four pounds.
2. Cold-water thawing. This method can shave hours off your prep time, but it also requires more attention. Place your turkey in a container breast-side down with its wrapper unopened. Fill the container with enough cold water to cover your turkey completely. Change out the water every 30 minutes, and estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per pound.
Expert tip: Regardless of which method you choose, you should never thaw a turkey at room temperature.