Originally Posted by Jeff_in_KC
OK something I didn't think of at 6pm tonight. What's the best way to cool and store this big ol' bird before bed time? I doubt I can just leave it out all night! I'm thinking carve and let the cut meat cool maybe? Any suggestions? It's almost 10pm and I'd like to get to bed soon!
Jeff, this may sound crazy, but if you have a plastic bag big enough to hold the turkey[whole], the best thing to do is seal it in the plastic, and then put it in your shower, and run cold water over it for a while. A half hour or so should bring the temp down to where you can put it in the fridge safely. It will be much better if you don't slice it hot. that will allow all the juices to run out.
Any food safe plastic bag will work