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If you received your turkey partially thawed:
If your turkey is partially thawed, don't be alarmed. As long as it is cold to the touch and not mushy it may be re-frozen. You may either finish the thawing process in the refrigerator or you may refreeze it.
Although a frozen turkey may be safely thawed in the refrigerator or in cold water, thawing in the refrigerator is recommended.

To thaw turkey in the refrigerator:
Keep the turkey wrapped and place it in a pan; let stand about 24 hours for each 5 pounds of turkey. Let large turkeys stand a maximum of 5 days in the refrigerator. The giblets and neck are customarily packed in the neck and body cavities of frozen turkeys. They may be removed from the cavities near the end of the thawing period to expedite complete thawing of the bird. If desired, the giblets and neck may be refrigerated and reserved for use in Giblet Gravy.

To thaw turkey in cold water:
Do not take turkey out of the plastic wrap. This prevents bacteria in the surrounding environment from being introduced into the food, and prevents the poultry tissues from absorbing water, resulting in a watery product. Change the cold water every 30 minutes. Approximately 30 minutes per pound of turkey are required for thawing. After thawing in cold water, the turkey should be cooked immediately.
Another “Cold Water” option is to put the turkey in a sink full of cold water the night before preparing. Leave the plastic wrap intact. It should be completely defrosted in the morning allowing you to proceed with your bird preparations.

Thawing instructions
Do not thaw at room temperature. Leave turkey in original bag. Place the turkey in a tray in the refrigerator for 3-4 days allowing 24 hours for every 5 pounds OR cover with cold water and thaw allowing 30 minutes per pound, changing water frequently.

Preparing the Chef's Pride Turkey
When the turkey is thawed, remove the neck and giblet bag from the turkey. Reserve neck and giblets for your stuffing and gravy recipes. Rinse turkey inside and out. If you are not going to be roasting the turkey at this time, refrigerate promptly.

Stuffing the Chef's Pride Turkey
If desired, loosely place stuffing inside the turkey just before roasting. Do not over pack the stuffing. Place extra stuffing in a baking dish and refrigerate for baking later.

Cooking extra stuffing
Place baking dish of extra stuffing in the oven during the last 25-30 minutes while the turkey is roasting or after removing the turkey from the oven, increase temperature to 375 and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Roasting the Chef's Pride Turkey
Season turkey to your preference. Preheat oven to 325 to 350. Place turkey breast-side up in a shallow roasting pan. Cover turkey with foil to prevent over browning. Position turkey in the middle of the oven. To brown, roast the turkey uncovered for the last 30 minutes. Roast until Chef's Timer pops up or until meat thermometer placed in the thigh registers 160 F, the breast registers 180 F or the stuffing registers 165 F.
See cooking chart for roasting estimates.

Chef's Pride Turkey Cooking Chart
Roasting times vary depending on size of turkey, whether it is stuffed and oven temperature. Roast until Chef's Timer pops up or until meat thermometer placed in the breast registers 180 F or the stuffing registers 165 F. If you do not have a meat thermometer, check the turkey at the estimated time by piercing with a fork. The turkey is done when the juices run clear.

Refer to cooking chart below for roasting estimates.

WEIGHT ROASTING TIME OVEN TEMPERATURE
8-12 pounds 3 to 3 1/2 hours 325 to 350 F
12-16 pounds 3 1/2 to 4 hours 325 to 350 F
16-20 pounds 4 to 4 1/2 hours 325 to 350 F
20-24 pounds 4 1/2 to 5 hours 325 to 350 F

 

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