forgot to thaw your turkey?

fret no more – there is a cure for the procrastinators out there!!

a frozen turkey can actually be cooked and is said to turn out even more moist than the traditional way of thawing then cooking

you can cook the bird in the oven, but DON’T grill, smoke, microwave or deep-fry a frozen turkey – it will cook too fast on the outside, leaving the inside raw and bone cold

granted, this method does take much longer than cooking a thawed turkey, but at least Thanksgiving day won’t be without the main event if you do happen to forget to thaw this guy out

to determine the approximate cooking time for a frozen turkey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests you:
take the recommended cooking time for a thawed turkey and add 50 percent of that time to the original time
(you can find an approximate cooking time either on the turkey’s label directions or an online timetable for oven roasting whole turkeys)

so, in theory – a turkey that should take about five hours to roast if already thawed will take about seven hours and 30 minutes to roast if frozen – not too shabby!

and don’t forget about the giblets!
most turkeys have a giblet package tucked inside which is obviously not getting yanked out of your frozen turkey. keep an eye on it while the bird is cooking away and the bag has defrosted enough to be removed, use tongs or forks to pull it out so you can continue to cook the giblet package separately

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