IF you've ever cooked a turkey from frozen before, then you'll know just how easy it is to mess up.
Leave it out too long and it'll go bad. Fail to leave it for long enough and it's still frozen in places. *shivers*
That said, one savvy mum has raved about an online calculator which helped her figure out just how long it takes to thaw her bird for Christmas.
Posting on the Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips and Ideas, the woman gushed: "If you have frozen turkeys don't forget to check when you need to take them out to properly defrost on time!!
"I froze my fresh turkey Friday and it will be coming out tonight!"
The free online tool – created by Omni Calculator – asks you to input the weight of your turkey and your method of defrosting it.
For instance if you have a 3kg turkey (which feeds up to nine people), it'll take you 5 hours to defrost it in cold water or just under three DAYS to do it in the fridge.
The food experts claim you need 30 minutes of defrosting time for every 0.5kg of turkey when you're using the cold water method.
They added: "The water's temperature will change with time, so you must make sure it doesn't get lukewarm to avoid the meat going bad. Remember to change the water every 30 minutes."
Alternatively, you have to leave the turkey in the fridge for a whole day for every 1.8kg of meat – and they recommend keeping it at the bottom of your fridge to stop it dripping over eveything.
Defrosting turkey tips:
Defrosting in the fridge:
- Keep the turkey in its original wrapping
- Keep the thawing turkey in a baking dish with relatively high sides, to prevent the water and juices from dripping all over the fridge and contaminating other food.
- Thaw your turkey as close to the bottom of your fridge as possible
- If you're planning to brine your turkey, you can safely start when it's still partially frozen
- A fully thawed turkey can stay in the fridge for up to two full days!
Defrosting in cold water:
- Keep the turkey in its original wrapping and then cover it with a leak-proof bag
- Make sure the turkey is fully submerged. You might need to weigh it down with a plate or a few cans to do so
- Remember to change the water every 30 minutes. This is extremely important. When the water's temperature rises above a certain threshold, dangerous bacteria might start multiplying in the meat, increasing the risk of food poisoning. To avoid this, you need to keep changing the water – every half an hour will do just fine to prevent the bacteria from growing.
- Move the meat around slightly every time you change the water.
Source: Omni Calculator
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