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Elementary question involving turkey thaw process!

  1. Nov 25, 2009 #1
    I hope that someone here can answer this question...

    I have an 18 lb. turkey that needs to be thawed in cold water over 9 hrs., with the cold water replaced every 30 minutes.

    If I use a container about 3 times the size of the sink, will that allow me to change out the water every hour and a half (3x30mins.) and get the same results? That doesn't seem right...

    Thanks for your time, and Happy Thanksgiving!!!
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 25, 2009 #2
    Bump- Please reply! Thanks.
  4. Nov 25, 2009 #3
    One more try. Looking for equation to calculate thaw time difference between sink-size and tub-size???
  5. Nov 26, 2009 #4
    Here is on page 22-23 the heat diffusion equation for cooking a turkey in spherical coordinates:
    Separation of variables and integrating are straight forward. But what are good values for the heat capacity and thermal conductivity for a turkey?
    Bob S
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