Time to Thaw Your Turkey… Easy Instructions

November 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm Leave a comment

The best way to thaw a frozen turkey is in the unopened wrapper on a tray in the refrigerator. It takes 4 hours per pound to thaw a turkey (24 hours for every 5 pounds). Your Dream Dinners Holiday Turkey may weigh between 6-8 pounds. Never thaw a turkey at room temperature. If short on time, you may thaw the turkey in cold water in the original wrapping, cover completely with cold water, making sure the water is changed every 30 minutes to keep the turkey surface cold.


When thawing your Dream Dinner Holiday Sides, separate the individual frozen dishes from one another and place them toward the front of your refrigerator shelf for best air circulation.

A note about cooking instructions:

The recommended cooking time for the turkey could take as long
as 4 ½ hours. However, oven temperature calibration varies between models or may be slightly different in older ovens. These factors, as well as variation in the weight of the turkey may result in a shorter or longer cooking time.

To ensure a flawless Thanksgiving Dinner be sure to use a thermometer to check the temperature of your turkey. Check it once about 2 1/2 hours into the cooking time to gauge how quickly it is reaching the desired temperature. Once it reaches an internal minimum temperature of 165°F it is done.


Dream Dinners Holiday Turkey Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. Remove turkey from packaging, place in shallow pan and
    add 1-cup water.
  3. Loosely cover with foil and cook 2 1/2 hours. Using meat thermometer, check temp. When at 135 degrees, remove foil and cook for an additional 30 min. or until internal temp. reaches 150 degrees. Turkey will continue to cook as it rests for 20 min covered with foil.
  4. Once you remove your turkey, cover in foil to hold the heat and let it rest for 20 minutes (165 degrees) before carving.


Here is a great cooking time line for your entire Dream Dinners Holiday dinner:

  • 3 – 5 days before: Thaw all items in refrigerator
  • 5 hrs before: Preheat oven and bake Turkey (using cooking instructions above)
  • 1 1/2 hr before: Bake biscuits
  • 1 hr before: Bake Mashed Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 hr before: Remove foil from Turkey and continue baking 30 min.
  • 45 min before: Bake Stuffing
  • 30 min before: Bake Green Bean Dish
  • 30 min before: Remove Turkey from oven and let rest covered with foil
  • 15 min before: Heat Gravy
  • 10 min before: Slice Turkey
  • 5 min before: Place Cranberry Orange Relish in serving dish

Note about leftovers:
Leftover turkey should be refrigerated in containers within 2 hours of roasting. Leftovers may be kept 3 to 4 days. Leftover turkey may be frozen 3 to 4 months.


As always, if you have any questions, please contact your local store or customerservice@dreamdinners.com



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