(WFTS/CNN) -- A Florida family found an unusual way to defrost a turkey 18 years ago, and it became their annual Thanksgiving tradition.
“Yes, folks. We thaw our turkey in the pool. That’s how you do it when you live in Florida,” said Mark O'Donnell.
Each year, a different family member throws the turkey into the pool at his home in Clearwater.
This year, the bird thawed in just a few hours.
“Most people wonder, ‘Doesn’t the chlorine get into your turkey?’” O’Donnell said. “These bags are sealed by the factories. We’ve never had a leakage yet, and no chlorine is in our turkey.”
The United States Department of Agriculture recommends three ways to safely thaw a turkey: in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave.
O’Donnell said he knows his way is not recommended but said the tradition started after they forgot to take the turkey out of the freezer.
He said the tradition is getting a lot of attention on social media and believes that everyone could use some laughter in 2020.
Americans eat an average of 704 million pounds of turkey every Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation.
It’s safe to assume most of those birds are not thawed in swimming pools.