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Cook Turkey on Thanksgiving But Read This First

Plotting to cook turkey this Thanksgiving? Get organized to make your turkey a smashing success and finger-licking excellent with these tips. Question yourself…

How do you want to cook your turkey? Oven roasted, fried, barbecued, grilled and smoked are all choices. What method you use may also determine what format you buy your turkey in, such as a whole frozen turkey or boneless turkey breasts.

Do you want to cook your turkey? Or do you want someone else to do most of the preparation for you? And if so, who? You could use a supermarket deli, hire a private chef or enlist a friend or family member to help.

How do you cook turkey? If it’s your first or you’re making turkey a new way, do some research on the web. One useful site is EatTurkey.com. Another is Butterball.com. Or look for a hotline you can call with questions (usually related to the food manufacturer).

How much turkey do you need to buy? Some experts say one to 1.3 pounds per person is sufficient (if you’re buying a whole frozen turkey). That accounts for leftovers (after all, guests may not eat your entire exact pre-determined serving parts).

When will you defrost your turkey? Don’t expect a 10 pound whole frozen turkey to defrost overnight. It won’t happen. Some larger turkeys take as many as three days to defrost. Plot about 24 hours of thawing time for every five pounds. Also plot to defrost your turkey in the refrigerator.

What will you cook your turkey in? If you’re making an oven-roasted turkey, you’ll need a traditional roasting pan. Just make sure it’s large enough for your size turkey. If you’re using one of the other methods mentioned earlier for cooking your turkey, you’ll need different cooking equipment. Again, a quick search on the web related to how you want to cook your turkey (e.g. roasted, fried, etc.) should turn up the appropriate cooking equipment needed.

What will do you with your leftovers? You’re nearly guaranteed to have turkey leftovers (and be eating it for a week). Make sure you have a storage container huge enough to hold your turkey leftovers. Or if you plot to give some to go, get a few inexpensive plastic storage containers you don’t mind guests taking as part of their “doggie bag”.

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