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Turkey Meat

Can a frozen turkey be left out for 18 hours?

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November 20, 2010 1:30AM

NO! Not at room temperature. To do so is to risk food poisoning as the exterior warms to room temperature while the inside is still frozen.

To safely thaw a turkey you may thaw it in the fridge (this can take a few days), submerge it in cold water in a sink, or slowly run cold water over it for an extended period. Ensure that it's chilled so that the outer portion does not get warm.