Video: How to Fix a Still-Frozen Turkey -

Video: How to Fix a Still-Frozen Turkey

Bird’s still frozen? Don’t fret. We’ve got easy tricks to avert a turkey tragedy.

37,746 Plays

Uh-oh, it’s time to cook the turkey, and it’s still frozen? Don’t panic, your turkey troubles will soon be solved. With these simple tricks, you can thaw your still-frozen bird quickly and safely, and turn turkey tragedy into turkey triumph! And if worse comes to worst, you can even roast a frozen bird—it will just need more time to roast. Don't worry about the bag of birdie parts in the neck, the bag is heat safe! Just remove it and the neck after about 3 1/2 hours once the turkey has thawed completely. Congratulations, you just saved Thanksgiving. See more simple tricks for averting Thanksgiving Day disaster >>

Related Videos

Related Recipes & Articles


Dec. 1, 2013 2:23 pm
It will not be the same! When poultry doesn't thaw slowly and allowed to rid itself of all of the fluids and blood left from butchering the fluid cooks along with the poultry and gives it a unpleasant texture and taste. Yes, it will be safe but not worth it. Save it for another day.
Nov. 28, 2013 9:11 am
I could never feel comfortable doing this with a bought turkey. Often there are feathers stuck in the creases under the wings and legs that will be carrying huge amounts of bacteria, and the inside is never really clear of innards either. The neck and bag of 'extra parts' is not the scariest thing by far. If I raised the bird and cleaned it myself before freezing I might not be as leery, but I still doubt it would be as good. The cold water method does work though.
Nov. 27, 2013 1:24 pm
I don't know who said you had to wash poultry inside and out before cooking, but it's no longer advised. Experts say that doing this causes the spread of more bacteria and e-coli.
Nov. 27, 2013 8:25 am
Oh no....that oven trick does NOT set well with me AT ALL...there are paper-wrapped giblets and the neck of which everything including the turkey needs to be washed and properly seasoned before roasting. This is one meal a year in which planning ahead is crucial....if you a beginning chef/cook PLEASE seek the advice of a 'seasoned' (pun intended if you wish! LOL) cook. Also the thought of CUTTING the turkey into pieces ruins the whole presentation of a beautiful bird at the Thanksgiving table. If you are uncertain about thawing a turkey out the best choice is to purchase a fresh turkey. Also there are usual instructions on the package for thawing, etc.
Nov. 27, 2013 5:47 am
Oh and I can still stuff the turkey after about 3-1/2 hours in.
Nov. 27, 2013 5:44 am
Thank you so much for letting me know that I don't have to panic if the turkey is still frozen!! I took the turkey out on Saturday and this is Wednesday and it is still frozen!!! That really eased my nerves. Thank you again.
Nov. 27, 2013 5:14 am
I'm sorry but I just can't imagine cooking a turkey without it not being thoroughly washed first! I have used the cold water thaw a few times and I always use the neck,gizzard and heart and boil them with onions and celery and then use that along with the broth for my dressing. Therefore I need to have a thawed turkey! :)
Nov. 27, 2013 2:42 am
I have cooked a frozen turkey just like the video says and it was one of the best turkeys I have ever cooked. Juicy and delicious! It's actually my preferred method, and I don't have a big turkey taking up refrigerator space for a week in advance!
Nov. 13, 2013 7:13 am
Learning that I can cook a frozen turkey is probably one of the coolest things ever! Just remember to pull out the bag of parts that is inside that frozen bird after it has been in the oven for a few hours! I know a lot of people who forget that bag every year!
Nov. 10, 2013 4:41 pm
I love turkey! Even an experienced turkey-maker has "uh oh" moments. Great tips!
Subscribe Today!

In Season

Homemade Pancakes Are So Easy
Easy Homemade Pancakes

Homemade pancakes are so easy to make, and nothing tastes better.

Guacamole, Chips' Best Friend
Guacamole, Chips' Best Friend

Try one of our dozens of ways to make delicious fresh guacamole.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Recently Viewed Recipes

You haven't looked at any recipes lately. Get clicking!
Quick Links: Recipe Box | Shopping List | More »
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States