November 16, 2012
It's Thanksgiving morning,and my turkey is still frozen.
"This is one of the most common problems home cooks have," says Tanya Steel, editor-in-chief of Epicurious and author of the just published "Epicurious Cookbook: More Than 250 of Our Best-Loved Four-Fork Recipes." "They don't realize how long it really can take to defrost a turkey — about 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds. A water bath is your only bet on Thanksgiving morning. It takes about 4 hours to totally defrost a 12-pound turkey using this method, so if it's just the inside of the bird, figure a good hour or so. First, wrap the bird in airtight plastic, then place in a basin or sink filled with cold water and replace the water every half-hour."