How to Thaw Ground Turkey

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Ground turkey needs to be thawed in a very particular way before you can expect to cook with it. Find out how to thaw ground turkey with help from an experienced and professional chef in this free video clip.

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What's up, everybody? Chef Plum from And eHow asked me what's the fastest possible way to thaw out ground turkey? And I said why ground turkey? How about ground anything, ground beef, ground chicken, ground pork, ground veal. We can go all day with grounding things. But it's all the same. What you want to do though is make sure you don't just drop it into hot water or keep the temperature too high too quickly. You don't want to cook the meat. That's kind of the key thing. The technique I am going to show you is very, very simple and I use the word technique very lightly. But the trick is you got to put it into cold water and let the water constantly drip on it. When it drips on it it makes the temperature kind of move around a lot. It makes it instead of sitting at one temperature it kind of makes it move around. And the moving water in the bowl makes it thaw out faster. Again it will work for ground beef, ground pork. If you got a roast that you got to pull out of the freezer and toss it in a bowl of water it will be thawed out like an hour, an hour and a half or so. Just give it a try, you'll see. I'll show you right over here. An important thing to remember guys is have a nice clean bowl full of cold water. And we are going to take our turkey and just dunk it in. The whole thing. Package and all. And then the key is to let the water run over the turkey into the bowl of water to keep that water kind of being jostled around. It can even be just a little bit like a little drip you know what I mean. It doesn't have to be much. Like even that's fine. Just something to keep the water moving in there. We'll check back on this in a few minutes and I'll bet in five or ten minutes we'll be all done. See you in a minute. So we pulled out the turkey and the bowl of water out, obviously we dumped the water. You don't want to walk around your house with a giant bowl of water. But as you can see look here. This turkey was frozen solid. I'm opening it up, it's not frozen anymore. Amazing. And for my next trick I'm going to pull a turkey out of my hat. Maybe not. But as you can see the key to thawing it out in a faster time is to let the water drip on the bowl for a little while. It keeps the water moving. And the movement in the water really makes it thaw out a lot quicker. This technique works for ground beef, for sirloins, for steaks, for even fish if you wanted. But just don't use hot water. Use cold water. Works out great. I'm chef Plum from And that was fast way to thaw ground turkey or anything for that matter. We'll see you next time, take care.


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