If you just realized, with enormous panic, that your turkey is still frozen rock hard in the deep freeze and it’s NOT going to thaw in the fridge overnight, take a deep breath. Is it possible to thaw a turkey fast?
Right now, fill up the kitchen sink with enough cold water to completely submerse your turkey. (You still shouldn’t let the turkey set on the counter overnight no matter how desperate you are, because it’s not safe.)
You CAN let the turkey sit overnight in a sink of cold water and that will go a long way towards thawing it. In the morning, use really warm water as you wash it out and pat it dry. Make sure you allow plenty of extra cooking time in case it’s still frozen. Keep the bird tightly covered with foil to prevent it from drying out while it bakes.
All is not lost. You still can have delicious turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re reading this at 10 AM on Thursday morning…this might be the year to go OUT for Thanksgiving dinner!
And btw, I didn’t forget to take the turkey out earlier this year, but I HAVE forgotten plenty of times over the years.