How To Thaw a Frozen Turkey

When it comes to making turkey for holiday dinners the number one challenge is making sure to allow enough time for anything you want to accomplish. Among the most time consuming tasks is thawing a frozen turkey. Planning ahead is the best way to ensure the food is safe. Food safety must be a top priority when preparing to serve a large group. Meat is very susceptible to bacterial growth if the temperature is not well managed. Being prepared is also the best way to ensure that you don’t forget about it entirely and wind up with a still-frozen turkey on the big day!

Refrigerator Method

Remove the turkey from the freezer and leave it in its plastic wrapper. Place it in a shallow pan to catch the juices. Calculate roughly 24 hours of thawing for each 4 pounds of the turkey. We’ve included a simple guide: 

4-12 pounds = 1-3 days
12-16 pounds = 3-4 days
16-20 pounds = 4-5 days
20-24 pounds = 5-6 days

You can allow an additional 1-2 days in the schedule to store the turkey in the fridge after it thaws.

Cold Water Method:

This requires more work than just letting the turkey sit in the fridge for a few days. Remove it from the freezer and leave it in its plastic wrapper. Place it in a deep pan of water so that it is submerged. You can also use one side of the kitchen sink or a drink cooler. Plan to let it soak for 30 minutes per each pound of turkey. Important: Change the water every half hour until the bird is thawed completely.   We’ve included a simple guide:

4-12 pounds = 2-6 hours
12-16 pounds = 6-8 hours
16-20 pounds = 8-10 hours
20-24 pounds = 10-12 hours

With diligent attention to the water changes, your turkey should come out perfectly thawed and you can proceed with cooking!

Kitchen Design Idea: Appliances on Islands

Appliances for Kitchen Islands

It's surprising how many kitchen islands are nothing more than tables or counters, occasionally also serving as workspaces.

Basic Kitchen Island

While this is certainly inexpensive, it almost appears to be an afterthought, as if to say, “We've got this extra space in the middle of the kitchen, so we need to fill the space.” Well, why not get some functionality out of it?

kitchen island with appliances

Appliances on Islands for Universal Design

There is much discussion these days about Universal Design. One of the challenges is finding lower cabinet space for moving microwaves from over-the-range and in general making appliances more accessible. The kitchen island is ideal for a microwave drawer as well as for an undercounter refrigerator or beverage center, or even refrigerator or freezer drawers. Also, moving appliances to a kitchen island frees up more cabinet space along the wall.

Entertaining Around a Kitchen Island

A strong rationale for an “open kitchen” design is for entertaining. Guests gather in the kitchen for a glass of wine and watch, if not participate in the final stages, of the meal preparation. Yet, with appliances lined up against a wall, for much of this time the host is standing at the range with his or her back facing the guests. If we would only move that range or cooktop to the island, the preparation would be the center of activity, and the host and group would be much more engaged.

Kitchen Entertaining

Of course, it's more work planning for gas for a cooktop, ventilation, etc. but that's why we need designers. Anybody can stick a box in the middle of the kitchen.

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Dinner Party at the Last Minute

17620226_SYou’re in a panic. Your husband just called and he’s invited his boss, or your in-laws, or your neighbors over for dinner. It’s 3:00 PM and everyone is expected at 6:00 PM. What are you going to do?

Don’t panic. We’ve got you covered. With these simple tips you can have a sparkling clean house and an elegant, gourmet meal for your guests to enjoy in no time at all.

First, make a quick trip to the grocery store. Look at the selection at the butcher counter. Kebobs, chicken breasts, fresh salmon or flank steak are all good options. Just be sure you have enough propane at home, because you are going to make your husband grill the main course.

Slow roasted tomatoes with garlic and olive oil make a great side dish that is easy and quick. While your husband is grilling away, wrap some asparagus in foil with butter and spices and put it on the grill until they are crisp tender.  Make some jasmine rice in your rice cooker (if you don’t have one, get one for the future) and viola you have dinner.

For a quick appetizer, take proscuitto and wrap it around pieces of melon, or cut the proscuitto into squares and bake at 425 degrees until crispy. Add a small ball of goat cheese and a thin slice of granny smith apple and your guests will swoon.

When it comes to dessert you can easily purchase a fruit tart or cheesecake or you can get pre made cookie dough and some ice cream and make ice cream sandwiches.

Remember while you are out to stop at the liquor store to stock up on chilled white wine, a good pinot noir and some beer.  Make sure you have soda and sparkling water for those who are feeling abstentious.

At home, get your kids to help set the table. Grab a laundry basket for any clutter in and around your house. Hide it in the bathroom behind the shower curtain. Run the vacuum or do a quick mop so your floors are sparkling. Check that your guest bathroom is clean and stocked with towels, toilet paper and hand soap.

Guests like to help, so don’t feel as though the meal has to be ready the minute they walk in the door. Have the appetizer ready and some wine and let everyone socializes while you grill and finish the side dishes.