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How long to thaw a turkey before Thanksgiving? Plan ahead now

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Do you have your turkey already?  If you bought it frozen, make sure you plan ahead and give yourself enough time to thaw it out properly.

An average 12-pound turkey will take about three days to thaw completely in the fridge and be ready to cook.

Thanksgiving turkey (Photo: Anthony Quintano/MGN Online)

Thanksgiving turkey (Photo: Anthony Quintano/MGN Online)

If you’re buying an 15-18 pound bird, add another day or two.

If you’re brining, you don’t want to do that until it’s thawed. Factor that in as well and then mark the date on your calendar.

It’s a lot to plan for, and this is just one dish!

Here are some great recipes for turkey from Mr. Food, including some easy leftover dishes.