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232. Talk Turkey on “National Thaw Day”

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Did you know that today is a holiday? Yes. It is. The Thursday before Thanksgiving every year is called “National Thaw Day”. It’s the day you’re supposed to take your frozen turkey out of the freezer and put it in the fridge so it’s sufficiently defrosted and ready to be cooked on Thanksgiving. I’m not writing this because I’m an expert. I’m writing this because I have a secret…

Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey

My secret is that I’ve never cooked a turkey before in my life. Every year around the holiday I tell myself I’m going to get up early on Thanksgiving morning and go to my mom’s house to learn all of those turkey tricks and stuffing secrets that have been passed down for generations. It hasn’t happened yet, but I’m thinking this just might be my year!

So, as an official member of the Turkey Virgin Society, I’m going to pay attention to “National Thaw Day”, even if it’s just one of Butterball’s biggest scams! And yes, I did watch Butterball Turkey Talk-Line Director, Mary Clingman’s video tip for today, one week before Thanksgiving.

If you don’t have time to watch the video, here’s what it boils down to. They recommend that, one week from Thanksgiving, you take your turkey out of the freezer, leave it in it’s packaging (great tip for someone like me!) and place it, breast side up, on a tray in the refrigerator at 40-degrees.  They say it takes 24 hours to thaw for every 4 pounds of turkey.  After a turkey is thawed, Butterball says it can be kept in the fridge for up to four days.  You’ll find more of Mary Clingman’s turkey thawing and other preparation tips by clicking HERE.

If you have any turkey tips or secrets, please help me by sharing them in the comments box below. If I don’t get some help in this department, that’ll totally be me burning up the line at 1-800-BUTTERBALL.

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