November 23, 2015 5:18 PM EST

So you’ve figured out how to cook your Thanksgiving turkey—but it’s still in the freezer.

Don’t worry. Watch the video above from Southern Living. Test kitchen director Robby Melvin explains that giving yourself enough time to defrost it in the refrigerator is the best way to go—and he’s even got a trick for how much time it needs to stay there.

But even if you’re in a hurry, Thanksgiving is not lost. He tells you the safest way to do it in the sink without ruining the bird.

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