How do I thaw turkey? How many ounces in a pound? Thanksgiving Questions Answered – NBC New York

Thanksgiving 2022 is this Thursday, November 24th — and like every year, people have a lot of questions about cooking.

In case you didn’t figure it out last year – and there aren’t any good restaurants nearby – here are some answers to your top cooking questions.

How do I thaw turkey?

Defrosting turkey isn’t as easy as it looks – there are huge safety implications if not done properly.

The CDC has an incredibly informative website dedicated specifically to turkey preparation.

Here’s the government agency’s advice for safely defrosting turkey:


Use any of these methods to defrost your turkey.

  • Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator.
    • Store your turkey in its original packaging and place it in a container before placing it in the fridge. The container prevents the turkey juice from dripping onto other foods.
    • For every 4 to 5 pounds of turkey, thaw about 24 hours.
    • Once thawed, a turkey that has been thawed in the refrigerator can stay in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days before cooking.
  • Thaw your turkey in cold water.
    • Make sure your turkey is in a leak-proof plastic bag before you put it in the sink.
      • The bag prevents the turkey juice from spreading around the kitchen.
      • The bag also prevents the turkey from absorbing water, which could make your cooked turkey runny.
    • Be sure to completely submerge your turkey in cold tap water.
    • Change the water every 30 minutes.
    • Defrost about 30 minutes for each pound of turkey.
    • A turkey thawed in cold water must be cooked immediately after thawing.
  • Thaw your turkey in the microwave.
    • Follow the microwave manufacturer’s instructions for defrosting your turkey.
    • A turkey that has been defrosted in the microwave must be cooked immediately after defrosting.

Never defrost your turkey by leaving it on the counter. A turkey needs to be thawed at a safe temperature. If a turkey is left at room temperature for more than 2 hours, its temperature will become unsafe even if the inside is still frozen. Germs can grow rapidly in the “danger zone” between 40°F and 140°F.


How many ounces in a pound?

There are 16 ounces in a pound. (And while you didn’t ask, let us help you a little – there’s about 28 grams in an ounce.)

How many cups in a gallon?

A gallon is 16 cups. There are 2 cups in a pint, 4 cups in a quart, and 4 quarts in a gallon.

How many ounces in a gallon?

If you are measuring liquids, there are 128 fluid ounces in a gallon.

How long is a turkey cooked?

Butterball, one of the most well-known commercial turkey brands, has a chart on their website where they break down cooking times, both by the weight of the turkey and whether or not the turkey is stuffed. (Depending on the size of the bird, adding the filling can add up to 75 minutes to the cooking time.)

Generally, an unstuffed 6 lb bird may take as little as two hours, and a stuffed 30 lb bird may take over six hours.

But again – safety first, consult the instructions and follow them closely.

How to carve a turkey

Soft. Very soft. Always be careful with sharp knives and don’t get too fancy, this is for professionals.

But if you need tips on how to carve a turkey just that little bit better, the Culinary Institute of America has got you covered.

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