It takes four to five days to safely thaw a 16 to 20-pound Thanksgiving turkey in the refrigerator — eight to 10 hours if you choose to thaw in cold water.
And between 4 hours and 15 minutes and 4 hours and 45 minutes is suggested for cooking an 18 to 20-pound bird, according to the United States Department of Agriculture's "Let's Talk Turkey" consumer guide to safely cooking a Thanksgiving turkey. For those cooking at home, this handy calculator can help you decide how much turkey you should plan on making.
And for those who preferring to skip the hassle of Thanksgiving meal preparations and have someone else do the work, here are five area restaurants that will be open this Thanksgiving:
- , 20 W. Algonquin Rd. in Algonquin, 847-658-5441
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What’s available: A champagne brunch buffet will be offered all day and will include: eggs, omlettes, waffles, potatoes and sausages, as well as Thanksgiving favorites such as, turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce. There will also be soup, salad and a dessert table. The regular menu will not be available
Reservations: Reservations are recommended
Cost: $32.95 per adult
Hours: 12 to 7 p.m.
What’s available: Jameson’s will offer its normal menu as well as ham and turkey
Reservations: Reservations are required
- 5011 Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake, 815-459-2100
Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What’s Available: Regular menu, as well as chicken Virginia ham and prime rib special
Reservations: Recommended for larger groups
- 1130 S. Main Street in Algonquin, 847-658-7641
Hours: Noon to 4 p.m.
What’s available: A buffet that will include appetizers, turkey, ham, fish, beef, pot roast, potato salad, baked potatoes, appetizers and desserts. The regular menu will not be available
Reservation: Recommended to avoid long waits
Cost: $15 per person
- Steak N' Shake, 211 N. Randall Road in Lake in the Hills, 847-458-7630.
Hours: Open 24 hours a day, including on Thanksgiving
What's Available: The regular menu, including burgers, sandwiches, melts and shakes will be available
Reservation: Not necessary