What's the best way to thaw my turkey?
Thawing in cold water is quicker, but requires more of your attention. Make sure the wrapping is secure. If you think it is not water-tight, wrap over the existing wrapper with additional plastic until it is. Submerge your wrapped turkey in a big bowl (or sink) of very cold tap water. (Avoid the temptation of using warmer water: the inside will still be frozen and the outside will become breeding ground for bacteria). Change the water every 30 minutes, again using very cold tap water and submerging the turkey.
It is not safe to thaw the turkey in the garage, where the temperature can fluctuate, no matter what the weather. See Turkey 101and Top Turkey Questions Answeredfor more turkey tips for the holidays.