How to defrost your turkey

23 March 2015

So you’ve bought your Bernard Matthews Golden Norfolk Turkey and you’re really looking forward to enjoying it will your family, but how do you defrost it?

Simple defrosting steps

Simple defrosting steps



So you’ve bought your Bernard Matthews Golden Norfolk Turkey and you’re really looking forward to enjoying it will your family, but how do you defrost it?

  • First you’ll need to get a good idea of how long it will take to defrost. Simply use our handy defrosting guide which will help you find out how long it will take to defrost your turkey. Just tell us the type and size of turkey you have and we’ll calculate the perfect defrosting time for you.

  • Once you’ve worked out how long it will take, thaw your turkey in the packaging in a deep tray at a cool room temperature. Try to keep the room temperature as constant as possible as changes in temperature will affect thawing times.


  • Once defrosted, remove all packaging and please remember to wash your hands before and after handling raw poultry and clean the work surface.


  • Check your turkey is completely thawed by looking inside the body and checking there are no ice crystals remaining. You can also wiggle the legs, if they move freely you know it’s defrosted!


  • Remove the giblets and neck from inside the turkey and store separately in a covered container in the fridge. Turkey giblets and neck can be used in future recipes as stock.


  • Once defrosted, store your turkey in a cool room or refrigerator and cook within 24 hours. Please be sure not to refreeze once defrosted.



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