When to defrost a Christmas turkey and how to do it safely – Hull Daily Mail

December 23, 2021 by No Comments

You might have opted for a frozen turkey this year instead of buying a fresh one.

Christmas can already be a stressful time without the added worry of your meats being undercooked.

A frozen turkey requires just as much attention as a fresh turkey.

One that hasn’t properly defrosted might cause illness such as food poisoning.

The NHS has a handy guide on how to safely defrost your turkey.

Defrosting checklist:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Pour away the liquid that comes out of the turkey as it is defrosting regularly – this stops it overflowing and spreading bacteria. Be careful not to splash the liquid onto work tops, dishes, cloths or other food.
  7. Bear in mind what else you have stored in the fridge. Cooked meats need to be covered and stored higher up.
  8. 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.
  9. If you’re not using the fridge, watch out for sudden changes in room temperature, as they could prevent the turkey from thawing evenly.
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