Due to unexpected changes in my MIL/FIL schedule for heading to Florida for the winter, our family Thanksgiving date has been changed to this Saturday. Hooray for family!!! sigh My problem - I now don’t have enough time for de-thawing my turkey in the fridge and for brining for 2 days before the old bird (the turkey, not my MIL) goes into the oven on Saturday morning.
I’ve read about the faster method to de-thaw a turkey by placing it in a large pot of cold water. Basically, 30 minutes for each 1lb of turkey. I could have the turnkey thawed today and into the brine tomorrow which keeps me on schedule. The problem with this approach is that all the information I read states you have to immediately cook the turkey once thawed by this method. After mine is thawed, I need to soak it in the citrus brine for 1-2 days.
Any suggestions or thoughts? Would it really be a risk to have the turkey in brine for 2 days after thawing is complete today? I mean, with the refrigerator method I usually take the thawed turkey out of the fridge and do the brine for 2 days anyway.