Help with spouse issue..

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by mikefromiowa, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. I'm going to thaw the family turkey in water tonite and my wife says I need to keep it in it's plastic wrap so that is does not take on any more water, I say not.. Who is right..
  2. stan41

    stan41 Newbie

    I think either way will be OK, but the turkey will thaw faster without the plastic.
  3. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'd say unless your brinin..... she is. Butterball suggests thawing in cold water in package breast side down changing water every 30 minutes. Estimate 30 minutes per pound thawing time minimum.
  4. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If you have a grocery store bird, they are generally already injected with 10 % solution so they aren't gonna take any more, in fact, probably lose some. No worries, either way is OK.
  5. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    In the bag if not brining. I would however suggest brining.
  6. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What kinda question is that YOU are ALWAYS't tell her I said that
  7. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Tell her to do the laundry and leave the turkey to the man of the ....must log off now I hear footsteps.
  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree with Ron
  9. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    If you are thawing in standing water, the USDA recommends that you leave it in the bag to prevent any outside bacteria from entering with the tap water. Good luck
  10. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    If there is bacteria in your water you have bigger problems then thawing out the turkey!
    I have yet to see one of those bags that doesn't have a hole in it.
  11. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    I kinda doubt they are referring to bacteria coming directly from the water. Most turkeys have a solution that kinda seeps out, if you had a leak in the turky bag, you would know it, at least when it's thawed... Would be kindo of messy selling fresh turkeys now wouldn't it?

    Straight from the USDA website... "Turkey may be defrosted in cold water in its airtight packaging or in a leak-proof bag. Submerge the bird or cut-up parts in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes."

    "Here’s how you do it. First, don't take the turkey out of its heavy plastic wrapping. Check for any tears in the bag, and if you see any, place the wrapped turkey inside a leak-proof plastic bag. You don’t want to get water inside the wrapping or bag because that could introduce bacteria from the environment. Also, meat tissues can absorb water like a sponge, resulting in a watery turkey."
  12. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm sure they are talking about bacteria from tap water....There is plenty in it. You are not even supposed to rinse off or wash your meat when prepping for cooking due to bacteria in water. I really don't worry about it but that's what THEY say.[​IMG]
    here is a link I found about tap water and all the goodies it has. let alone the chlorine that is put in to it for us by our government.
  13. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    Thats gross. lol... My tap water has lot's of minerals in it and it is very hard. I always buy bottled gallon water for brining, now I have another reason to keep doing so..
  14. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

  15. Thanks for everyones advice, for the sake of causing a bigger family rif I let the wife thaw it like she wanted. I even let her stay up and change the water every 30 minutes, hows that for fighten fair[​IMG]
  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL----Ya gotta let 'em win now & then. Good Job!

  17. smokeon

    smokeon Smoke Blower

    Smoke the wife. Problem solved.
  18. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That is some righteous thinking right there. Letting her think that she won by letting her "do it her way", and you win by getting some shuteye!!
  19. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you are going to thaw a bird out in water outside the bag use running water, it's faster. If you aren't pressed for time leave it in the original packaging and put it in water - change the water. Of course it's best to start with plenty of time and thaw it in the fridge the right way.

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