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HELP with TURKEY, left it out all night to THAW on the counter

 
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HELP with TURKEY, left it out all night to THAW on the counter
I put the frozen turkey half way into the dish with water and left it on a counter last night. I was going to put it in a fridge to thaw off, but forgot.
This morning (about 9 -10 hours later), I found it on the counter, all thawed out. Is it still safe to cook and eat, or what?
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12/27/2009 11:16 AM
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Re: HELP with TURKEY, left it out all night to THAW on the counter
wash it inside and out, salt the cavity, and cook!! It is fine.
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12/27/2009 11:17 AM
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Re: HELP with TURKEY, left it out all night to THAW on the counter
should be ok. what is the temp of the turkey?
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12/27/2009 11:18 AM
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Re: HELP with TURKEY, left it out all night to THAW on the counter
Should be fine. However, wash inside and out with WINE and be sure to cook completely.
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12/27/2009 11:19 AM
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Re: HELP with TURKEY, left it out all night to THAW on the counter
I put the frozen turkey half way into the dish with water and left it on a counter last night. I was going to put it in a fridge to thaw off, but forgot.
This morning (about 9 -10 hours later), I found it on the counter, all thawed out. Is it still safe to cook and eat, or what?
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Cook that damn bitch of a turkey!!! Do it now!!!

Eat the bastard until it is nothing but bones!!!!!!!!!!!!
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12/27/2009 11:20 AM
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Re: HELP with TURKEY, left it out all night to THAW on the counter
As long as it was cold water (never hot for poultry to thaw-can give one food poisoning that way), I would cook it, make sure you use a thermometer and that it is cooked through when finished cooking.

I don't have any food licenses, but if it were totally frozen through, I would imagine it would take over 4 hours to thaw and if you leave it out 4 hours is the max time for meat, that's 8plus hours. It was most likely still partially frozen at 4 hours, I would cook it now. That's just me, though.
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12/27/2009 11:20 AM
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Re: HELP with TURKEY, left it out all night to THAW on the counter
Latest advice is DON'T wash your turkey (spreads more germs - over the turkey, over you, over the kitchen sink etc.).

Just cook it properly, OP. It'll be fine.

Enjoy!!
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12/27/2009 11:22 AM
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Re: HELP with TURKEY, left it out all night to THAW on the counter
As long as you cook it all the way to where the center is above 140F then you will have no problem with disease.

Rot doesn't really set in to be a problem for 24 hours. If your house is set at 68F or lower through the night then you will have a lot less rot than at 72F or greater.
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12/27/2009 11:31 AM
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Re: HELP with TURKEY, left it out all night to THAW on the counter
Turkey is 10 lbs.
The water I placed the turkey in last night was cold. It only halfway covered the turkey.
It probably set on a counter for about 10 hours tops.
This morning, it was soft, still cool to the touch. I did rinse it off in a sink, and tried to wash the inside, but inside was still kind of frozen. So it looks like th Turkey thawed off almost all the way through, but middle/middle is still somewhat hard.
I put some salt on the top, and put it in 350 degree oven, it's cooking now. I'll probably overcook it just in case.

I was so much hoping to have a nice turkey today (as I missed one on Christmas)....what an idiot!
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12/27/2009 11:33 AM
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Re: HELP with TURKEY, left it out all night to THAW on the counter
your turkey will be fine OP.you don't need to overcook it.
enjoy
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12/27/2009 11:33 AM
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Re: HELP with TURKEY, left it out all night to THAW on the counter
Actually you have defrosted the Turkey just right, and it is fit to eat. How big was Turkey, and why the hell are you eating it on Sunday instead of Christmas day???
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Re: HELP with TURKEY, left it out all night to THAW on the counter
I brined mine in sugar, salt and water overnight and then cooked as usual. It was tender, juicy and no problem at all! What did they do before fridges? Don't worry about it! :-))))))))

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