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How Long Should I Thaw a Frozen Turkey?

Size of Turkey
Thawing in the refrigerator
Thawing in cold water
8 - 12 pounds 1 to 2 days 4 to 6 hours
12 - 16 pounds 2 to 3 days 6 to 8 hours
16 - 20 pounds 3 to 4 days 8 to 10 hours 
20 - 24 pounds 4 to 5 days 10 to 12 hours

Source: USDA

How Should I Stuff the Turkey?

If you don't have much time, you may want to bake your stuffing in a greased, covered casserole during the last hour while the turkey roasts. An unstuffed turkey takes less time to cook than one that is stuffed.
Although it may seem like a good idea to save time by stuffing your turkey in advance, that's inviting trouble. Harmful bacteria can multiply in the stuffing and cause foodborne illness. Stuff the turkey just before you're ready to roast it.

Spoon your stuffing into the bird loosely so there's room for it to expand as it cooks. You can fit one to two cups of stuffing for every pound of meat.
Source: USDA 

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