You Can Thaw A 24 Pound Turkey in 12 Hours
I am sure you've been hearing that if you haven't moved your completely frozen turkey to the refrigerator by now, there's no way it will be thawed in time to cook for Thanksgiving dinner. I am glad to proclaim to all of the culinary procrastinators that this is untrue.
While it is true that the best way to defrost your holiday bird is to plop it in the fridge well in advance of its date with the oven, there is a much quicker way to do it. Epicurious is reporting that you can thaw a completely frozen 24 pound turkey in 12 hours, but it is going to take quite a bit of work on your part. Incidentally, this would take 5-6 days in the refrigerator.
You will need a clean bucket, cold water, a seal-able bag big enough for your bird, and a day off. First you need to remove the turkey from its packaging. Second, place it in the bag and press out as much air as you can before sealing it. Third, place the bird-in-bag in the bucket and fill with cold water. The magic behind this process comes with changing the water like clockwork every 30 minutes. According to the instructions, you will need 30 minutes of bucket time per pound of turkey, that means a 10 pound bird would only take 5 hours and 10 water changes.
That's not the only Thanksgiving trick I found. According to cutting edge food scientists, it is technically possible to roast a frozen turkey without screwing up the meal so bad you get kicked out of the family. If all else fails, follow the reckless and desperate steps found here.
Also, there's always Chinese food - just sayin'.