If you haven’t gotten started with thawing your frozen turkey in the refrigerator for tomorrow’s big dinner, there is still time to thaw it in its original packaging.
So, if you’re limited on time then cold water thawing is the way to go. Follow these simple instructions.
2. Change water every 3o-45 minutes to keep turkey surface cold.
General rule: Allow 30 minutes per pound to thaw.
Cold Water Turkey Thawing Time
8 to 12 pounds: 4 to 6 hours
12 to 16 pounds: 6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 pounds: 8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 pounds: 10 to 12 hours