Thanksgiving Series: Picking Your Turkey

 

frozen turkey

 

Since the turkey is the star of your Thanksgiving it’s important to know what to look for when picking out that bird. Lets first talk the types of turkey; fresh, frozen, organic. When picking out your bird it’s best to plan ahead. If you get a frozen bird you want to plan for proper thawing time. It takes about 3 days to thaw in the refrigerator. (you really don’t want to thaw your turkey on the counter top it is very unsafe and leaves a big window for bacteria thus making your guests very sick). A fresh turkey is much more expensive and able to work with the day you bring it home from the store for those who wait until the day before to purchase your bird, you’re more than likely going to end up with fresh. Organic, while yes organic is always better the price is much higher. In my opinion a frozen turkey is the best most affordable way to go.

Once you’ve determined which turkey you want to purchase it’s time to think about the amount of people you’re serving. Birds range anywhere from 8 pounds to 28 pounds. Maybe even bigger depending on the brand. (ALWAYS LOOK AT THE INGREDIENT LIST ON THE BIRD SOME ARE PLUMPED UP WITH GLUTEN FILLERS) I purchased the ButterBall brand turkey and I know 100% it’s gluten free. Jenny O turkeys are not.

Lastly, consider the pounds of turkey you will need. I suggest if you’re serving more than 10 people I’d suggest a turkey around 20 pounds. We are having about 8 people and an 18 pound bird is plenty. Even enough for left overs.

Picking out the turkey doesn’t have to be confusing or overwhelming. I think that going into Thanksgiving with a plan is the best way to have a succesful holiday!

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