Help Me Decide When (& How) to Thaw a Holiday Turkey

Help Me Decide When (& How) to Thaw a Holiday Turkey

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Faith Durand
Dec 20, 2011
Q: The hubs and I are driving north next week to spend Christmas with his family, and we're bringing a frozen 12-pound turkey that wasn't thawed or cooked during Thanksgiving. The trip will take 9 to 11 hours. I know the turkey should thaw in a fridge for about 3 days, but here's my question: We don't have a cooler and I haven't found one in stores that will fit the turkey. What should we do? I was thinking about traveling with the frozen turkey on ice in a lined tub (then getting it into the fridge at our destination), or should we thaw the turkey first, then travel with it on ice? I would love to know what readers think and thanks in advance. Sent by Mis P. Editor: Readers, what would you suggest to Mis P and her turkey dilemma?
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