I figure you folks would have suggestions for this, seeing as you've been so helpful in the past. We butchered our two BBW last month. I cut up one and the other one went into the freezer whole (I'm going to be glad when Thanksgiving is over so I can have my freezer back! ). Thanksgiving is coming and there's no way in heck I'm going to be able to thaw that bird in the frig, let alone brine it. This is what I'm thinking of doing: Getting a Styrofoam cooler and stuffing the turkey in that to thaw in the house. (It's SNOWING out right now! ) Dangerous? Should I try putting it in the garage and hope it thaws? A day or two before, start the brining in the cooler and put the turkey outside in the garage to stay cool. I don't want a turkey-cicle or have to chip it out of the brine. I don't know of any large plastic bags that are food safe that are big enough. I may ask the butcher when I pick up my venison this week if they have any I could use. The temperatures outside are somewhere between 18F-20F at night and 32F-40F during the day. The horses' water is getting a layer of ice, but I can break it, as can the horses. The turkey is probably 30-35 lbs. How long do you think I need to thaw it? So, what should I do? I've thought about (not seriously) calling the Butterball turkey line and leaving them speechless with this one.