How to defrost your turkey the right way

Four handy hints to make sure you get the most out of your bird

If, like us, you're getting excited about your Thanksgiving (or Christmas) bird, now is as good a time as any to get the basics under your belt. Keep these four things in mind when defrosting turkey:

Step 1:

Plan ahead – a turkey weighing seven kilos, for example, can take two to three days to defrost.

Step 2:

Keep the bird in the packaging and on a large tray throughout the process – this will stop any juices leaking out onto other surfaces.

Step 3:

The quick way to defrost a turkey is breast-side down in a bath of cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes (one change per half a kilo).

Step 4:

Never defrost a turkey at room temperature as it will become a breeding ground for bacteria.

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