FAQ, The Turkey Survival Guide to an American Thanksgiving

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The countdown is on! Thanksgiving is in T minus 3 days and the time for prep has officially begun. Now before you start inviting family and friends over, think about what you’re serving said family and friends. A thanksgiving meal is a tiresome and delicate task that requires prep and time. This blog will be dedicated to those frequently asked questions every thanksgiving host will be asking as dinner time draws near.

My turkey didn’t thaw in time! Can I roast a frozen turkey?

While it is not a very good option you can in fact roast a partially frozen turkey.  Be aware that the turkey will roast unevenly and will require much more time to cook. Be sure to check the temperature of your turkey in both the thighs as well as the breast. Roasting a turkey and frying a turkey are two very different things; please do NOT attempt to fry a frozen turkey.

How long should my turkey roast in the oven?

The length of time to determine whether your turkey is cooked is not the absolutely correct way to cook your turkey, but we do have a suggestion to help better make a time line for the eventful day. Your turkey should be cooked at a rate of 13-14 minutes per pound. The only sure fire way to know if your turkey is cooked is by measuring the internal temperature of the bird. The internal temperature should be 165°F.

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How long will it take for my turkey to thaw?

A general rule of thumb for de-frosting a turkey is placing the turkey in the refrigerator for 24 hours every 5 pounds. For example a 15 pound turkey should be in the refrigerator for 3 days (72 hours).

On behalf of everyone at CCI, we wish all of our friends South of the border a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Til next time!

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