If it's crunch time and you've reached for the turkey in the fridge only to realize it's still a frigid solid mass, don't freeze: we've got some methods for quick thawing, pointers for how to know when your turkey's completely defrosted, and what to do if you don't have time to thaw your bird.
For our favorite quick-thaw method, try submerging the turkey (with its wrapping still on) in a sink or a cooler full of cold water, changing out the water every half hour. Allow 30 minutes to thaw for each pound of turkey. (If math's not your thing, then simply plug the weight of your turkey into this defrost calculator.) Keep reading to find out more, including how to tell if your turkey's completely defrosted.