Defrosting a Turkey

Defrosting a turkey safely is simple and easy but takes time, so make sure to plan ahead. Have a look at the steps below to learn how to safely defrost turkey for your next turkey dinner!


  • Safely defrost turkey slowly in the fridge. This ensures the turkey defrosts at a consistent and safe temperature.
  • Keep turkey in its original airtight packaging while defrosting.
  • Defrost your turkey in an oven dish or pan to catch any juices
  • Always defrost raw meat in the bottom of the fridge away from fresh vegetables and cooked meats.
  • Allow 24 hours defrosting time in the fridge for every 2kg of turkey. Tegel Whole Turkeys and Frozen Turkey Roasts will typically take 2–3 days to defrost.

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