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Saturday, December 1, 2001 - 19:03

Following proper storage procedures is important for food safety and to maintain the best quality of the turkey.

When you return from the grocery with raw turkey, place it in the original wrapper in the refrigerator; a hard-chilled turkey should not be placed in the freezer. If the turkey is frozen and the thawing process does not need to begin, store in the freezer.


Storage of Raw Turkey
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Saturday, December 1, 2001 - 19:03

Turkeys can be thawed using one of three methods, but the most fool proof is in the refrigerator. The key to this method is to plan ahead and allow approximately 24 hours for every four to five pounds of bird weight for thawing in the refrigerator. This method is the safest and will result in the best finished product. Place the bird, in the original wrapping, on a shallow baking sheet in the refrigerator. The following chart provides good guidelines for thawing times.


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Saturday, December 1, 2001 - 19:03

Accurate temperatures, both in the oven and the turkey are important for quality and safety. A meat thermometer is the cook's best friend when it comes time to prepare a meal. Here are some guidelines to ensure thermometers are properly used.

Check the oven thermostat and oven temperature to verify the oven setting. Recalibrate if necessary because a 25 degrees F variation can make a five percent difference in cooked turkey yield. An oven that is too hot will dry and shrink the bird.

Recent NTF surveys indicate only 36 percent of home cooks use a meat thermometer to determine...

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Saturday, December 1, 2001 - 19:03

The National Turkey Federation recommends roasting a turkey in a 325 degrees F oven until a meat thermometer indicates the internal temperature registers 180 degrees F in the thigh and 170 degrees F in the breast. Pop-up timers are helpful as a preliminary step in judging the correct temperature, but a meat thermometer is the best final authority to determine doneness.

A shallow roasting pan should be used so oven air can flow completely around the turkey. Pans with sides higher than 1 inch will shield the thickest part of the turkey thighs from the heat, and the thighs will not...

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Saturday, December 1, 2001 - 19:03

Turkey has long been a holiday tradition; in fact, 95 percent of those surveyed by the National Turkey Federation (NTF) reported eating turkey last Thanksgiving. While most Americans preparing Thanksgiving dinner roasted their turkeys (94 percent), interest and experimentation in non-traditional methods of turkey preparation, such as deep-frying, brining, smoking and grilling, are gaining in popularity. Surprise your family and friends with a new spin on this old favorite.

It's simple to be creative when you cook with turkey because it's easily seasoned and complements any dish on...

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Saturday, December 1, 2001 - 19:03

Entertaining preparation can be stressful when coupled with the normal everyday rush. Cut down on the stress by serving your guests an assortment of quick-to-prepare, filling appetizers instead of a sit-down dinner or full-scale buffet.

Various appetizers eaten as a meal are also known as tapas, and range in size and simplicity from dips and finger sandwiches to stromboli and tapenades. Many tapas can be assembled and prepared in advance. Another advantage is that you don't need to serve them in a formal table-setting -- simply place these appetizers in different locations...

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Monday, October 1, 2001 - 20:03

I'll Take Turkey for 2001, Alex.

Abraham Lincoln.
What U.S. President proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday?

95 percent.
What percentage of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving?

What state produces the most turkey?

What is National Turkey Lovers Month?

Sandwich, Soup, Casserole, Stir-Fry, Salad.
What are the top five ways people enjoy leftover Thanksgiving turkey?

180° F.
What temperature should the thermometer in a turkey's thigh...

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Friday, June 1, 2001 - 20:03


CONTACT: Sherrie Rosenblatt
Director of Public Relations
202-898-0100 x233


After a day filled with work at the office or at home, today's consumers are more and more frequently demanding convenient and easy-to-prepare foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Recognizing that consumers' needs are always changing, the turkey industry offers a wide variety of cuts and products specifically designed for consumers'...

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