Tips To Cook Frozen Turkey
The secret to getting moist, juicy, perfectly cooked frozen turkey is to thaw it well before cooking. Whether you wish to brine, deep-fry, roast, grill, or microwave turkey, it is important to dethaw it as cooking it frozen can leave it undercooked and heighten the risk of food borne illnesses. Refrigerating is the best way to thaw chicken as it helps to defrost turkey evenly. For more tips to cook frozen turkey, scroll down the blog below.
How To Cook A Frozen Turkey
- Like most other meat, frozen turkey can be thawed in the refrigerator, using cold water, or microwave. However, refrigeration is always the best way to thaw any kind of meat, including turkey. Just wrap the turkey in a foil, place it in a pan, and refrigerate it for 24 hours or until totally defrosted. You can remove the neck and giblets of turkey to ensure that the turkey is thoroughly thawed. You can keep away the giblets for later use if you want.
- The next best way to thaw frozen turkey is to defrost it using cold water. Put the turkey inside a leak proof bag or zipped-seal plastic pouch. Doing so will prevent bacteria from breeding as well as save poultry tissues from soaking up excess water. Don’ forget to change water after every 30 minutes to maintain the coolness of the temperature. Cook the turkey immediately after thawing.
- When microwaving frozen turkey, take off the store wrap first, put the turkey in a plastic tray, and wrap it in a microwave safe paper. Set the microwave to defrost settings and thaw it for 10-15 minutes until done. Cook turkey immediately after thawing.
Tips To Remember Before Cooking Turkey
- It is never recommended to cook whole, stuffed poultry in microwave as the bones and density of stuffing prevents thorough cooking.
Next time you bring home a frozen turkey, try one of the above methods to thaw it and then put it in the oven or on the stove to cook.
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