Asked in Storage of Meats Poultry and SeafoodTurkey Meat
Can a frozen turkey be left out for 18 hours?
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.