Don't Thaw at Room Temperature Uncooked meat or poultry (including frozen) shouldn't be left at room temperature for more than two hours. Any longer than that and you're just begging for a case of food poisoning. So, don't even think about this one. via
Is it OK to leave a thawed turkey out overnight?
Do not thaw your turkey on the counter.
It will be totally fine chillaxing on the counter overnight. via
How long can thawed turkey sit out?
Throw away turkey, stuffing, and gravy left out at room temperature longer than 2 hours (1 hour in temperatures above 90 °F). via
Can a frozen turkey be thawed at room temperature?
How Long to Thaw a Frozen Turkey. It's important to keep the whole turkey at a safe temperature throughout the thawing process to prevent bacterial growth that can lead to foodborne illness. That's why you never thaw a frozen turkey at room temperature on your kitchen counter, or in hot water. via
How long does it take to defrost a 12 pound turkey?
Allow 30 minutes of thawing time for each pound of turkey, which translates to two to six hours for a 4- to 12-pound turkey. A 12- to 15-pound bird will thaw in six to eight hours. via
Can you defrost a turkey on the counter?
You should never thaw a frozen turkey on the counter at room temperature or in hot water. Under either of those methods, the outer layer of the turkey can sit between the bacteria-breeding temperatures of 40°F and 140 °F for far too long to be safe. via
What if my turkey isn't fully thawed?
If There's No Time to Thaw
If you're up against the clock and have no time left for even the “quick” cold-water thaw, then just cook the turkey as it is. It's perfectly safe to cook a frozen or partially frozen turkey — you just need to allow some extra cooking time. via
How do I know if my turkey is defrosted? (video)
How long does it take a 20 pound turkey to thaw in the refrigerator?
Thawing Your Turkey in the Refrigerator
Allow about 24 hours for every five pounds of turkey. Refer to the defrosting times in the instructions, below. I like to tack on an extra day just in case the turkey takes longer to thaw than expected. via
What happens if you eat turkey left out overnight?
If a perishable food (such as meat or poultry) has been left out at room temperature overnight (more than two hours) it may not be safe. Discard it, even though it may look and smell good. Never taste a food to see if it is spoiled. via
Should you let your turkey come to room temperature before cooking?
First, Bring Your Bird to Room Temp
Your turkey will cook more evenly and faster if you start it out at room temperature so remove the turkey from the refrigerator 1 hour before roasting. If you plan to stuff your turkey, wait until you're ready to put it in the oven before putting the stuffing in the turkey. via
How long can a cooked turkey sit out at room temperature?
Answer: You can safely leave cooked turkey out at room temperature for two hours -- or one hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit -- says the United States Department of Agriculture. Cooked turkey that has been left out for longer than 2 hours (or 1 hour above 90° F) should be discarded. via