Turkey Temperature Tip: Yes, you can thaw a turkey in the kitchen sink. Proceed with caution, and make sure the temperature of the water does not exceed 40ºF at any point during the thaw. You’ll also want to wipe all surfaces clean with a disinfectant wipe when you’re done.
If you find yourself in a pinch and lack the appropriate amount of time to thaw your frozen turkey in the refrigerator, you can use a sink filled with ice water to thaw your turkey. This method will still take around 30 minutes per pound to fully thaw the turkey. In an extreme time crunch and don’t have 30 minutes per pound? Check out how to cook a frozen turkey.
Thawing turkey in the kitchen sink will take some labor. Be cautious not to splash any “turkey water” onto the surrounding counters. Have some antibacterial wipes nearby for any spills. Monitor the temperature of the water! Make sure it stays below 40ºF and the “danger zone” at all times. If it does start to creep above 40°F at any point, add ice until the water drops below 40ºF. Make sure to use accurate thermometers to monitor the temperature. Alarm thermometers, like the ChefAlarm®, are great because you can set a high alarm for a specific temperature, like 40°F. When the thermometer registers temperature above that temperature, an alarm will sound. For more in-depth instructions on thawing your turkey and verifying that it is thawed, read: Safely Thawing Your Turkey.
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