A: If you’ve bought a frozen bird it must be fully defrosted before cooking. Do not cook from frozen.
A: The safest way to defrost a bird is in the fridge. Place the bird on the bottom shelf on a plate or tray and make sure it cannot drip onto any other foods.
A: Allow at least 24 hours of defrosting time in the fridge for every 2-2.5kg (approximately 4-5lbs) of food.
|Weight (Kg)||Minimum time to defrost|
|3.5-5.5kg/8-12 lbs||2-3 days|
|5.5-6.5kg/12-14 lbs||3 - 3.5 days|
|6.5-8kg/14-18 lbs||4 - 4.5 days|
|8-9kg/18-20 lbs||4.5 - 5 days|
A: The bird is defrosted and ready for cooking when the body is soft the legs can be moved and there are no ice crystals inside the cavity. If you are not going to cook the bird immediately make sure to keep it in the fridge.