Whether you decided to thaw your turkey in the fridge or in a cold water bath, you might find yourself asking “How do I know if the turkey is completely thawed?” This is a critical question because you can cook a frozen turkey and you can cook a thawed turkey, but trying to cook a partially frozen, partially thawed turkey will result in parts of the turkey being overcooked or other parts being unsafe to eat! Knowing when and if your turkey is thawed completely before you cook will help you produce a better-tasting, safe, and a more evenly cooked turkey.
Turkey Temperature Tip: Use an instant-read thermometer, like the Thermapen® Mk4, and push the probe tip through the wrapper deep into the breast and again in the thighs. A properly thawed turkey will be no cooler than 30ºF and no higher than 40ºF anywhere inside the turkey.
If you come across temperatures below 30ºF anywhere in the turkey, continue thawing using either the fridge or cold water bath method until the turkey is completely thawed.
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