It’s time to start thawing your turkey
(CNN) – Thanksgiving is less than a week away, so it’s time to thaw out your turkey.
The CDC has some recommendations on how to safely do so. If you start thawing it right now, the fridge is the easiest method.
The agency says you should put it in a container to prevent turkey juice from dripping on other food. It says to allow about 24 hours of thawing for each 4 to 5 pounds of turkey. You can leave the turkey in the fridge for up to two day before cooking it.
You can also thaw safely with cold water.
The CDC says to put it in a plastic bag before putting it in the sink.
That will not only stop the juice from getting all over your kitchen, it will also prevent your turkey from absorbing water, which could make your turkey runny.
Lastly, you can use a microwave, although you will need to cook the turkey immediately after taking it out.
You should avoid leaving a turkey out on the counter to thaw, especially for more than two hours at room temperature. At room temperature, germs can rapidly grow and make it unsafe to eat.
In addition, the CDC recommends you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for thawing.