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24/12/2012 at 21:17
I followed the FSA's guidance and worked out how long it will take to defrost and with 12 hours to go it is as hard as a rock still. Bugger. I should have gone with instinct and got it out rather than followed their advice
24/12/2012 at 21:34
Could you sit it in cold water for a couple of hours when you get up or before you go to bed?
24/12/2012 at 21:39
Could you put it in cold water overnight??? What's the weight of it and we can work it out?? Is it 20 mins a kilo plus 30 mins or is that cooking???
24/12/2012 at 21:41
Ok this is from the nhs live well site
If you buy a frozen turkey, make sure that the turkey is properly defrosted before cooking it. If it's still partially frozen, it may not cook evenly, which means that harmful bacteria could survive the cooking process.
Work out defrosting time in advance, so you know how much time to allow – it can take at least a couple of days for a large turkey to thaw.
When you start defrosting, take the turkey out of its packaging, put it on a large dish and cover. The dish will hold the liquid that comes out of the thawing turkey.
Remove the giblets and the neck as soon as possible to speed up the thawing process. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw turkey, giblets or any other raw meat.
Before cooking, make sure there aren't any ice crystals in the cavity. Test the thicker parts of the turkey with a fork to tell whether the meat feels frozen.
Turkey (and any other poultry) is best defrosted in a covered dish at the bottom of the fridge so that it can't drip onto other foods.
Pour away the liquid that comes out of the defrosting turkey regularly to stop it overflowing and spreading bacteria. Be careful not to splash the liquid onto worktops, dishes, cloths or other food.
If the bird is too big for the fridge, put it somewhere out of reach from animals and children where it won't touch other foods. A cool room, shed or garage are all good places.
If you're not using the fridge, watch out for sudden changes in room temperature, as they could prevent the turkey from thawing evenly.
To work out the defrosting time for your turkey, check the packaging for any guidance first. If there aren't any defrosting instructions, use the following times to work out roughly how long it will take to thaw your turkey.
in a fridge at 4ºC (39ºF), allow about 10 to 12 hours per kg, but remember that not all fridges will be this temperature
in a cool room (below 17.5ºC, 64ºF), allow approximately three to four hours per kg, or longer if the room is particularly cold
at room temperature (about 20ºC, 68ºF) allow approximately two hours per kg
When your turkey is fully defrosted, put it in the fridge until you're ready to cook it. If this isn't possible, make sure you cook it immediately.
24/12/2012 at 21:44
It is 3.75kg (which is massively big for us!) deforsted in a cool room, so I allowed 24 hours. I've now moved it into the kitchen in the hope that it will be deforsted by tomorrow morning.
Can't out it in water because I dressed it before freezing it... but if it isn't defrosted by 9am we'll juat have it later!
24/12/2012 at 22:00
That should be plenty time then because (rough calculation) approx 16 hrs for 3.75 kg going on 4 hrs a kilo iyswim. Shoukd be fine xx
24/12/2012 at 22:01
Yep I would expect it will be fine by then, fingers crossed for you. I hope your day is truly fantastic and that Boxing Day goes without a hitch xxx
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