Ahead of Thanksgiving Woman Reveals How to Cook Frozen Solid Turkey in Just 90 Minutes

With Thanksgiving—and Christmas—around the corner, turkey is the star of every menu over the holidays.

First you need to track one down, at a reasonable price, and if you don't feel like driving to supermarkets on the eve of the main event, it usually means storing it in your freezer.

While planning ahead usually saves time, numerous people have shared their prepping disasters over the years after forgetting to fully defrost the turkey in time for cooking.

Best done in the fridge, depending on the size, British health website the NHS states: "It can take at least a couple of days for a large turkey to thaw."

But even if you remember to pull it out the freezer in time, you need meticulous planning to ensure everything ends up on the table at the same time—while still hot.

"A large turkey can take several hours to cook properly, and eating undercooked turkey (or other poultry) could cause food poisoning," the website added.

Meaning if you've forgotten to put the bird in the oven, or didn't switch it on, your guests will likely be tucking into a midnight feast.

But one woman has shared how she managed to cook a full-size turkey—from frozen—in just 90 minutes, using a pressure cooker.

Sarah, who shares videos and classes on canning online, uploaded a clip to her TikTok page, @peeliesnpetals, documenting the hour-and-a-half-long process.

"From frozen to cooked in 90 minutes," she said, while knocking on a frozen bird, demonstrating it's rock solid.

Sharing the technique with her followers, Sarah said: "Remove all the outside wrappers, and don't worry about that giblet bag or any of the plastic pieces, they can all go in the pressure cooker.

"Add carrots, onions, garlic, and for my celery I use the tops only, I save the bottoms for eating. Any seasonings you like, I'm going to be canning up this turkey when it's done cooking so I'm not going to use any sage. I'm also going to throw in a couple of bay leaves.

"12 cups of water or until the water line is up halfway over the frozen turkey. Never fill your pressure canner fuller than two thirds. My canner has a line right there for it."

Next the 42-year-old gets into the technical part of the recipe, saying: "Lock the lid, start the fire, vent for 10 minutes.

"After the 10 minutes add your 15-pound (lb) weight, wait for that to come up to pressure, and then start your timer for five minutes per pound on your turkey."

After it's cooked she films the end result, and admits: "This is not a pretty turkey, if you need a pretty turkey do not use this method. This is how I put up about 150lbs of turkey on our shelves so we have turkey all year long.


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"I remove the giblet bag and then I start peeling the meat away from the bones, it should just fall right off."

Sarah added she had another 10 birds to do, adding she was going to "repeat the process," while saving the bone broth for the turkey canning and additional soups.

Eating the white meat, she said: "This is so juicy and so tender." Her clip, shared on Monday, has already amassed more than 3 million views, and can be seen here.

People were impressed with her method, although some raised food safety fears. In a bid to address them, Sarah posted a follow-up video later, saying: "I want to talk about the pressure cooker....

"It's the same type of technology that we use when we sterilize instruments before putting them on the inside of your body during surgery.

"And because we use that same technology, we're using temperatures in excess of 240 degrees under pressure. That's hotter than boiling water.

"So E. coli, salmonella, mold and mold spores, these things cannot survive on the inside of a pressure canner, when you're using a prescribed amount of time, temperature and pressure.

"So you don't need to wash your meat, because nothing can survive that damn thing."

Her method attracted thousands of comments, as Jojo commented: "That is awesome. I need to take advantage of the sales this year and do the same."

Cat.Named.Shirley raved: "I'm in awe by this sorcery!"

John Doe said: "No way my brain just can't accept this can be done so fast."

Lienkie added: "What?! No way! I assume this will work for frozen chicken too? I never knew you could pressure cook from frozen."

"When you have to cook dinner and mom's 10 minutes away," joked Lynx.

Even celebrities asked for additional tips, with TV personality Jenny McCarthy commenting: "Do you can the turkey right after? Or do you put them all in the refrigerator and can all of them once you cook all the turkeys for the day?"

Newsweek reached out to Sarah for comment.

Frozen bird ready for cooking.
Frozen bird ready for cooking. A woman has revealed how to cook a whole, frozen turkey in just 90 minutes. Photosiber/Getty Images