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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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How to defrost your turkey

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is almost here, and it’s getting even closer to the time to start thawing the turkey! Make sure to plan ahead because defrosting a turkey in the refrigerator will take approximately 3-4 days depending on the size of your turkey.

You need to allow one day of thawing in the refrigerator for every 4 lbs. of turkey. This means it takes about 1 1/2 days to defrost a 13 lb. turkey in the refrigerator.

While this may seem like a little extra hassle, it’s worth the savings! For example, it’s $1.10 less per lb to buy frozen turkey at Publix right now, so to me, it’s worth a little extra effort.

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    • pdnr

      I think you meant 3 1/2 days to unthaw a 13 pound turkey. However, I don’t know why but mine never seem to defrost in the recommended time and I end up having to finish defrosting them in a sink of cold water.

    • mommalana

      I always defrost for a full day more than I think I need and sometimes it is still icy inside so err on the side of longer rather than shorter.

    • summeronthebeach

      I’ve discovered that I can defrost and brine my turkeys at the same time! The day before cooking, I unwrap the frozen turkey and put it into a clean cooler full of cold salt water. In 24 hours, the turkey is ready to cook. If I use a large cooler, I can even defrost and brine two turkeys at once.

      • jm0997

        What type of salt do you use?