# Turkey Thawing Time Calculator

The amount of time required to completely thaw a frozen turkey depends on the weight of the bird. The larger the bird, the longer it takes to defrost in the fridge.

By estimating how long you need to thaw a turkey in the refrigerator, you can better plan your holiday dinner and avoid having to thaw the turkey in a bath of cold water. While water thawing is faster, it is cumbersome and provides microbes a hospitable environment to multiply.

Refrigerator Thawing Calculator
Turkey Weight:

The general rule is for every pound of turkey you need a minimum of 6 hours, minus 1 whole day. Equivalently, if the weight in pounds is W, then the fewest number of days needed to defrost is W/4 - 1.

The maximum amount of time to defrost a turkey in the fridge is W/4 days (1 day for every 4 pounds). Once a turkey has been thawing for the maximum amount of time, it should be cooked immediately. It is better to let the turkey thaw for too short an amount of time than for too long before you place it in the oven.

(This information is adapted from the Betty Crocker Cookbook, 10th Edition and the USDA.)

Minimum Thaw Time Chart
(For max times, just add 1 day.)
 Weight Time (days, hours) 8 lbs 1d 9 lbs 1d 6h 10 lbs 1d 12h 11 lbs 1d 18h 12 lbs 2d 13 lbs 2d 6h 14 lbs 2d 12h 15 lbs 2d 18h 16 lbs 3d 17 lbs 3d 6h 18 lbs 3d 12h 19 bs 3d 18h 20 lbs 4d 21 lbs 4d 6h 22 lbs 4d 12h
 Weight Time (days, hours) 4 kg 1d 4h 4.5 kg 1d 11h 5 kg 1d 18h 5.5 kg 2d 6 kg 2d 7h 6.5 kg 2d 13h 7 kg 2d 20h 7.5 kg 3d 3h 8 kg 3d 9h 8.5 kg 3d 16h 9 kg 3d 23h 9.5 kg 4d 5h 10 kg 4d 12h 10.5 kg 4d 18h 11 kg 5d 1h