McDONOUGH — Whether you’re going with a traditional Thanksgiving meal or trying something a little different this year, it remains paramount that food be cooked and stored properly before and after the big celebration.
Thawing and cooking the bird
According to foodsafety.gov, there are three ways to safely to defrost your turkey. The first is to store it in the refrigerator for one to two days. Allow approximately 24 hours of thawing time for every 4-5 pounds. Keep the turkey in its original wrapper and place a pan to catch any juices that may leak.
The second is to submerge the turkey in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes, approximately 30 minutes per pound. A bird weighing 4 to 12 pounds should soak between two to six hours; 12-16 pounds between six to eight hours; 16-20 pounds between eight to 10 hours; and 20-24 pounds between 10