If you have a frozen turkey, you need plenty of time to defrost it, 2 days in the refrigerator for a large turkey. You can also defrost in cold water, outside the fridge in the sink or large container or bowl, changing the water regularly.

Take turkey out of fridge about 5 hours before cooking, whether defrosted or fresh.

TURKEY DEFROSTING TIMES

Weight Defrosting Time Defrosting Time
   Refrigerated Cold Water
6 - 8 pounds 18 - 24 hours 4 - 8 hours
10 - 12 pounds 24 - 36 hours 8 - 12 hours
14 - 18 pounds 36 hours+ 12 - 16 hours
18 pounds+ 48 hours or more 18 hours+

TURKEY ROASTING TIMES

Weight Roasting Time     Roasting Time    
   (Unstuffed) (Stuffed)
6 - 8 pounds 2 - 2 1/2 hours 2 1/2 - 3 hours
10-12 pounds 3 - 3 1/2 hours 4 hours+
14 - 18 pounds 3 1/2 - 4 hours 5 - 6 hours
18 pounds+ 4 hours+ 6 hours+

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