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Am I freaking out unnecessarily?
We are having about 15 people over tomorrow. And the SO is totally lackadaisical about it, wanting to get up, grocery shop, then exercise, followed by cleaning the house. I think there isn't enough time.

But that's not what I'm freaked out about.

His friend is thawing out the tur-duck-en... on his back porch. It's... 40 outside now, and will be down to 34 deg F at 6 am. So maybe we won't get poisoned, but I was always taught that you couldn't just leave stuff out to thaw, or it would do so unevenly, and you'd get sick.

It's probably cold enough out there... what do you think?
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equusentric From: equusentric Date: November 22nd, 2007 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Well...the "danger zone" is between 40-140 degrees, so it's kind of skirting it a bit tight. OTOH, my husband eats stuff that's been forgotten on the counter all night and has never gotten sick.

Which is a big help, I know. :P
mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: November 22nd, 2007 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
pbanda From: pbanda Date: November 22nd, 2007 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Two ladies from the Butterball Hotline were on TV today. They said the proper way to defrost a Turkey is either in the fridge overnight or in a sink of cold water... the water method being faster. So err... if the porch is the same temperature as a fridge I suppose there's not much difference? But.... I'd opt for the fridge or water if possible. Basically the key is to thaw it slowly. It'll probably be fine though.... cooking the thing should get rid of bacteria and stuff anyway right? Happy Thanksgiving! :)
sandid From: sandid Date: November 22nd, 2007 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm a bit of a germaphobe. I'd be eating everything but the birds.

Sorry. Guess, I'm not the one to listen to if you want fowl.

Happy Thanksgiving

qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: November 22nd, 2007 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm definitely leaning your way... I'd rather be safe, than sorry.
nola_nola From: nola_nola Date: November 22nd, 2007 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
How big is this turkey? We usually get a 20 pounder and start thawing it in the fridge on Sunday night. It can take a long time with a big bird.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: November 22nd, 2007 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a "Tur-duck-en", which means a turkey, stuffed with a duck, stuffed with a chicken.

And I was told it's 15 pounds, boned (and it comes boned).

I wish I felt okay eating it...
smartwomn1 From: smartwomn1 Date: November 22nd, 2007 05:52 am (UTC) (Link)
all of the above being true...we survived with our mothers doing EVERYTHING wrong...

qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: November 22nd, 2007 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)

So true!

And riding in the car without seatbelts, bouncing around like pingpong balls. Even riding in the back of pick-up trucks, without being restrained. And who worried about a little "chicken juice"? Or if you couldn't wash your hands? Rinsing was fine.

And look at all our kids now, sitting inside, playing video games, worried about the "boogeyman" trying to get them if they venture outside without strict supervision...

No wonder we are a mistrusting, skittish people.

/off the soapbox
rae_1985 From: rae_1985 Date: November 23rd, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Once it hits 40F we use our back porch as the outdoor refrigerator. We've always done this and haven't gotten sick.
rae_1985 From: rae_1985 Date: November 23rd, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
P.S. How is Tur-duck-en? I've wonder for a couple years now if it's good.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: November 27th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's actually pretty good! Nice because it's deboned, and because the drier chicken & turkey benefit from the moistness of the duck. Plus the surprise dirty rice filling was yummy!
rae_1985 From: rae_1985 Date: November 27th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
hmmmmm. I might have to convince my mom we should do one next year. :D
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