How To Thaw

Safely thawing a frozen turkey is one of the most important steps in preparing a meal. There are two recommended methods, depending on the amount of time available. Refrigerator thawing is preferred and the least labor-intensive but requires more time. Cold water thawing takes less time but requires more attention. Regardless of which method you choose, you should never thaw a turkey at room temperature.

If you don’t have time for thawing, try a Fresh Whole Turkey. They’re just as delicious and make meal preparation easy.


Ways to Thaw

Frozen Whole Turkeys and Frozen Whole Turkey Breasts need to be thawed before cooking. For the best results, follow one of these methods:

Refrigerator Thawing

  • Thaw breast side up, in an unopened wrapper on a tray in the fridge.
  • Allow at least 1 day of thawing for every 4 lbs.

Cold Water Thawing

  • Thaw breast side down, in an unopened wrapper, with enough cold water to cover your turkey completely.
  • Change water every 30 minutes to keep the turkey chilled.
  • Estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per lb.

How long to thaw?

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Did You Know
A thawed turkey may be kept in the refrigerator up to 4 days before cooking.
You should thaw Fully Cooked Baked and Smoked Turkeys via the refrigerator method.

WHAT NOT TO THAW

Some Butterball products are made to go from freezer to the oven, skillet or grill without thawing. Be sure not to thaw our:

Frozen Stuffed Whole Turkeys
Frozen Ready to Roast Breast Roasts
Frozen Ready to Roast Boneless Roasts

When to Freeze

For the best flavor, you should use our products by their use-by date. However, if you’re unable to cook the food by then you can save it for later by safely freezing it with these instructions:

  • Freeze the product before the use-by date.
  • Thaw using the Refrigerator Thawing or Cold Water method above.
  • Consume product within 2-4 days of thawing.