So are you cooking your first turkey or your 20th one? I lost count a long time ago but do know that some of the rules for handling a turkey safely have changed over the years and I want to talk about that. No one wants to be remembered for the year you made your whole family sick. They will never let you forget it if you do.
How long does it take for a turkey to thaw?
The safest way is in the refrigerator (at 40 degrees). Allow a day for every 4 lbs of turkey. Thawing at room temperature or in warm water allows the bacteria to grow, ie unsafe.