Thawing a Turkey
We believe the best bet is to use a frozen turkey, but make sure you do not buy it the same day you want to cook it.
Give it at least 3 days to thaw in the refrigerator, in a bowl, or large 12-16 quart pot. You want to make sure none of the juice from the bag, the turkey itself or anything else can cross-contaiminate anything else in your refrigerator.
Note: our turkey was 10 lbs. if you have something larger than 15 lbs. give it another two days to thaw in the refrigerator.
If the turkey is still not fully thawed then you can safely run it under cold water until you are able to remove the bag inside. The bag contains the liver, and other internal parts. People love to use these parts for gravy or save them for soups since they are so flavorful.
Once the turkey is fully thawed we like to place the turkey in a brine.