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Thaw Turkey – Cold Water Method?

marvin8 | Nov 19, 201401:40 PM

I’ve read that a 16 lbs. frozen turkey will completely thaw in about 8 hours, submerged in cold tap water (water changed every 30 minutes). The average temperature of cold tap water is 50 ◦F. The cold tap water temperature seems contrary to food safety: keeping food out of the 40 ◦F to 140 ◦F danger zone.

I’ve read that a 16 lbs. frozen turkey takes 3-5 days to thaw in a 38 ◦F refrigerator.

If the cold tap water needs to be 39 ◦F or below, how does the cold tap water method completely thaw a 16 lbs. turkey in 8 hours?

Is it safe to thaw the turkey in 48 ◦F cold tap water for 8 hours?

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