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Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:19 PM

in case anyone needs it, "Cooking Turkey from the Frozen State"


Cooking Turkey From the Frozen State

By Linda Larsen, About.com Guide

This week I'm honored to pass along an article from a study conducted by O. Peter Snyder, Jr., Ph.D. about a new way to roast your Thanksgiving turkey: put it in the oven frozen solid. Dr. Snyder is the president of the Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management in St. Paul, Minnesota. You cook turkey from the frozen state. That's right - it goes into the oven frozen completely solid. I've used this method many times now and have the best results. The turkey is beautifully moist and tender and perfectly browned. And it's so nice to not have to worry about thawing that huge bird!

Cooking Turkey From the Frozen State

Introduction

A common problem on Thanksgiving is waking up on Thanksgiving morning and realizing that the turkey has not been thawed, and there is not enough time to thaw the turkey in the refrigerator or in flowing water at 70F, which takes hours.

However, there is a very simple solution cook the entire turkey from the frozen state. The FDA Food Code allows this, and turkey hotlines suggest it. The following is a HACCP-based procedure for cooking a 12-to-13-lb. frozen turkey.

Method

Start 5 to 5 1/2 hours before you want to serve the cooked turkey. Set the oven temperature at 325F. It is much better that the turkey be done 30 minutes before mealtime than to rush and serve an undercooked turkey. Remove the wrapping from the turkey and put the turkey on a rack on a pan that has been covered with foil to make cleaning easy (Fig. 1). You can also cook the turkey in a covered roasting pan if you have one.
-SNIP-

(continued at http://busycooks.about.com/od/thanksgiving/a/cookfrozenturke.htm )



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Response to eShirl (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:26 PM

1. Wow! That's a new one on me. Very interesting.

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Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:43 PM

2. Interesting!

I never thought of this. I hate handling the bird anyway since I won't eat it but this sounds safer as long as one monitors with a thermometer. Thank you!

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 02:09 PM

3. Never seen that before. Will have to try it sometime.

Today, we're trying out Alton Brown's method for brining a turkey and cooking it. Since it's just the three of us instead of a familypalooza, we're trying a few new things.

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