How to defrost
a turkey guide

5 easy steps to defrosting turkey

How to defrost turkey guide

Our handy defrosting guide will help you find out how long it will take to defrost your turkey. Simply tell us the type and size of turkey you have and we’ll calculate the perfect defrosting time:

Now follow our easy steps to defrosting your turkey.

Turkey defrosting calculator

Type of bird:


Defrost time:

Your turkey will take approximately 0 hrs to defrost.
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. Changes in temperature will affect thawing times.
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Once defrosted, remove all packaging. Please remember to wash your hands before and after handling raw poultry and clean the work surface.
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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.
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Remove giblets and neck from inside the turkey and store separately in a covered container in the fridge.  
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Store and cook turkey

Store and cook

Do not refreeze once defrosted. Once defrosted store in a cool room or refrigerator and cook within 24 hours.