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Thank you for your question! You should thaw frozen birds in the refrigerator in the original packaging, which takes several days. When possible, I recommend purchasing a fresh turkey. Many frozen turkeys are injected with a brine and will be saltier than fresh turkeys. Generally speaking, fresh turkeys have a better flavor, and are readily available for Thanksgiving. If purchasing a fresh turkey, do so a couple of days before roasting and use a dry brine. The brine is rinsed off before roasting and is much easier than managing a wet brine. If you want, you can salt and pepper the turkey just as you would before baking at least one day before roasting, then keep in the refrigerator loosely covered. You should remove the turkey from the refrigerator for a couple of hours before roasting.