div p Food safety and security pointers for taking care of, defrosting, toasting, saving, as well as reheating turkey. p table Minnesota Division of atlanticalover.com Customer Truth Sheet Modified August, 2011 td how-long-do-you-thaw-a-turkey-before-cooking tr Download and install a print variation of this record: Turkey: Safe Thawing and also Food Preparation (PDF) Take Care Of Food Securely Constantly clean your hands prior to as well as after managing food. Maintain the kitchen area, tools as well as recipes tidy. Constantly offer food on tidy plates. Do not utilize the exact same plate as well as tools for raw and also prepared meat/poultry. h2 Fresh Turkey h2 Purchase the turkey just 1 or 2 days prior to you intend to prepare it. Maintain it saved in the fridge up until you’& rsquo; re prepared to prepare it. Put it on a tray or frying pan to capture any kind of juices that might leakage. Do deny fresh pre-stuffed turkeys. Otherwise managed effectively, dangerous germs that might remain in the padding can increase swiftly. Icy Turkey h2 Maintain iced up till you’& rsquo; re all set to thaw it. Turkeys can be maintained in the fridge freezer forever. Nonetheless, chef turkeys within 1 year for the very best high quality. h2 Defrosting Your Turkey h2 There are 3 methods to thaw your turkey securely: Defrosting in the Microwave: Examine your proprietor’& rsquo; s handbook for the mins per extra pound and also the power degree to make use of for thawing. Get rid of all outdoors covering. Put on a microwave-safe meal to capture any kind of juices that could leakage. Prepare your turkey quickly after defrosting in the microwave. Do not refreeze. Defrosting in the Fridge: Maintain the turkey in its initial wrapper. Put it on a tray to capture any kind of juices that might leakage. A thawed out turkey can stay in the fridge for 1 to 2 days. A turkey that has actually been correctly defrosted in the fridge might be refrozen if essential. tr solid Defrosting in the fridge solid td Time to thaw (enable 1 day for each 4 to 5 extra pounds) td tr 4 to 12 extra pounds 1 to 3 days tr 12 to 16 extra pounds td 3 to 4 days tr 16 to 20 extra pounds td 4 to 5 days tr 20 to 24 extra pounds td 5 to 6 days Defrosting in Cold Water: Cover your turkey safely, making certain water is unable to leakage via the covering. Immerse the covered turkey in cool faucet water. Adjustment the water every half an hour. Prepare the turkey promptly after it is defrosted. Do not refreeze. Defrosting in cool water solid td Time to thaw (enable half an hour per extra pound) solid tr td 4 to 12 extra pounds td 2 to 6 hrs td 12 to 16 extra pounds td 6 to 8 hrs tr 16 to 20 extra pounds td 8 to 10 hrs td tr 20 to 24 extra pounds 10 to 12 hrs tr POINTER solid em: Eliminate the giblets from the turkey tooth cavities after defrosting. Prepare independently. Toasting Your Turkey Establish your stove temperature level no less than 325 °& deg; F. Area the turkey on a shelf in a superficial toasting frying pan. For even more also cooking, it is advised that you prepare your padding outside the bird in a casserole meal. Make use of a food thermostat to examine the inner temperature level of the padding. The facility must get to at the very least 165°& deg; F. Fill up the tooth cavity simply prior to food preparation if you pick to pack your turkey. Fill up the tooth cavities freely. Utilize a food thermostat to inspect the inner temperature level of the padding. The facility needs to get to a minimum of 165°& deg; F. To inspect the doneness of an entire turkey, place a food thermostat in the thickest component of the internal upper leg without touching the bone. An entire turkey must be prepared to 165°& deg; F. To inspect the doneness of a turkey bust, place a food thermostat in the thickest component of the bust. A turkey bust must be prepared to 165°& deg; F. It is suggested that you additionally examine the interior temperature level of the turkey and also the padding if your turkey has a pop-up temperature level sign. Allow the turkey mean 20 mins after food preparation. It will certainly sculpt much more conveniently. Get rid of all packing from the turkey tooth cavities. REMEMBER : Constantly clean (with soap as well as water) hands, tools, the sink, and also anything else that can be found in call with raw turkey as well as its juices. em p Schedules for Turkey Roasting (325°& deg; F stove temperature level): solid p These times are quotes. Constantly utilize a food thermostat to inspect the interior temperature level of your turkey and also padding (165°& deg; F). table solid Unstuffed Turkey solid td Time to prepare solid tr 4 to 8 extra pounds(bust) 1 & frac12; to 3 & frac14; hrs td tr 8 to 12 extra pounds 2 & frac34; to 3 hrs 12 to 14 extra pounds 3 to 3 & frac34; hrs tr 14 to 18 extra pounds td 3 & frac34; to 4 & frac14; hrs td tr 18 to 20 extra pounds td 4 & frac14; to 4 & frac12; hrs td 20 to 24 extra pounds td 4 & frac12; to 5 hrs td table solid Packed Turkey td Time to prepare solid td 4 to 8 extra pounds( bust ) td 2 & frac12; to 3 & frac12; hrs td 8 to 12 extra pounds td 3 to 3 & frac12; hrs td 12 to 14 extra pounds td 3 & frac12; to 4 hrs td tr 14 to 18 extra pounds 4 to 4 & frac14; hrs td tr 18 to 20 extra pounds 4 & frac14; to 4 & frac34; hrs tr 20 to 24 extra pounds 4 & frac34; to 5 & frac14; hrs tr table Saving Extra Turkey h2 Throw out turkey, sauce, and also padding neglected at space temperature level longer than 2 hrs (1 hr in temperature levels over 90 & deg; F). Split leftovers right into little sections. Ice up or cool in protected superficial containers for quicker air conditioning. Usage cooled turkey and also padding within 3 to 4 days. Usage sauce within 1 to 2 days. Usage leftovers within 2 to 6 months for ideal top quality if cold. Reheating Leftovers h2 Reheat sauce, turkey, and also padding to 165 & deg; F.