As you all know by now, I've been working with Butterball all month - and if there's one thing I've learned it's that the key to a stress-free turkey cooking experience is proper thawing.
That means don't buy a frozen turkey and expect to cook it the same day. You can do it, of course, but it's not ideal. To say the least.
So last weekend, my mother and I decided to buy a frozen turkey and - you guessed it - have it for dinner that very night. It's OK, you see, because I've been thoroughly trained in the ways of turkey and I have the directions for super-quick defrosting using a microwave.
(I'm not going to post them here - if you find yourself in a bind call 1800BUTTERBALL and they'll help you. But hopefully, you won't need to do that.)
Now, the directions are pretty straightforward, so I put the frozen turkey in the microwave and after a bit we noticed that things were starting to smell...cooked? Burnt? But not like delicious poultry cooking - the smell was different.
I finally looked in the microwave and discovered that the bag and the skin of the turkey had exploded. And it was only then that I realized that I had forgotten to set the microwave on 30% power. It was on HIGH.
So I went back to the store, bought another one, and proceeded to defrost it in the microwave - but this time we did it correctly. And lo! The turkey came out perfectly defrosted, and it was delicious once we finally were able to cook it. I just wish we hadn't messed up the first one, but I guess it can happen to the best of us!
The point of this sad but true story is that today is National Turkey Thawing Day. Put your frozen Butterball in the refrigerator today and it'll be perfectly defrosted in time for Thanksgiving dinner.
Why stress out over this? Defrost it today.