Thaw A Turkey in the Dryer? Try Some Safer Methods

Under the heading “Don’t Try This At Home,” comes this photo of actress Zooey Deschanel, star of the new Fox TV sitcom “New Girl,” trying unsuccessfully to defrost a Thanksgiving turkey in the dryer on a recent episode. Obviously, her character is meant to be clueless, but thawing that gigantic poultry cannonball in time to cook it for the holiday feast is a common problem — and a potential source of food-borne illness. Because most of us only have to …