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Storing/thawing whole chickens to cook while camping


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Joined Apr 18, 2006
I have 4 whole chickens that are frozen that I plan to cook while camping...and 4 racks of spareribs...How slowly/quickly do whole birds thaw in, say a Coleman Extreme cooler on ice? USDA says 1-2 days in the fridge for fresh poultry, 3-5 days for pork. Any tips on the best way for me to plan this? It's a weeklong trip and I don't care what days I cook... the ribs should be fine. It's the birds I am a little more concerned about. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!

JckDanls 07

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Joined Sep 10, 2011
Sure .. just pack em in a cooler (with the drain OPEN) .. the more ice the longer they will stay frozen ... keep it out of the sun... thinking they will stay frozen for days ... unless you want em thawed sooner...

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