Turkey Time Cooking Tips

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Plan Ahead: Plan your menu several days or weeks before the holiday. If you're uncomfortable with the thawing process, buying a fresh, unfrozen turkey directly from the store is your best route. Not only do supermarkets that sell turkeys year-round make the bird a featured item, but some food stores and warehouse stores that don't typically sell whole turkeys offer them for a limited period of time to customers. You can also chat live with a food safety expert at AskKaren.gov, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish.

With a frozen turkey dipped into a boiling fryer, the flames erupted more than two stories up. It should be thawed in the refrigerator, but this can take days.

The 500 to 600 million pounds of turkey in cold storage by the end of each summer means there are nearly two pounds of turkey for every man, woman and child in the United States waiting to be released each holiday season.

To thaw in cold water, submerge the bird in its original wrapper in cold tap water and change the water every 30 minutes. Let the turkey rest for 20 to 30 minutes before carving; meanwhile, transfer the softened garlic cloves to a food processor. Cook immediately after thawing.

When using a microwave, check the manufacturer's instructions for the number of minutes per pound and the appropriate power level to use for thawing.

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The only thing better than food on Thanksgiving Day are those Thanksgiving leftovers.

There are three safe ways to defrost a turkey: in the refrigerator, in cold water, and in the microwave oven. Refrigerate stuffing and turkey separately in shallow containers.

Use a fryer with thermostat controls to ensure the oil does not become overheated and monitor the temperature. The turkey should be 12 pounds or less in size. Select a safe location outdoors. Don't overheat the oil. Allow approximately three to five minutes of cooking time per pound. Fill the cavities loosely and cook the turkey right away. The stuffing should be moist, not dry since heat destroys bacteria more rapidly in a moist environment.

Dust the inside of the oven roasting bag with flour, then carefully place the turkey, on its rack, inside the bag, inside the roasting pan. The wishbone of a Turkey dates back 150 million years and connects them to the T-Rex and Velociraptor, like the ones in the Jurassic Park movies. There is ONE tool you won't want to be without; use a food thermometer to make sure your turkey reaches a minimum center internal temperature of 165 °F. To be safe, the temperature of a whole turkey should reach 180°F between the breast and the innermost part of the thigh. It takes too long to cook. Always wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils and countertops with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item and before going on to the next.

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