TURKEY 101

Turkey101

Thawing a Turkey:

  • Don't put (any) frozen foods on the counter to thaw, and never thaw a turkey in the garage, in the trunk of a car, or on the back porch.
  • Refrigerator thawing of a turkey takes approximately 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds of turkey in a 40° F refrigerator.
  • Turkeys can also be thawed by leaving original wrapping intact and submerging in COLD water for approximately 30 minutes per pound, changing the water every 30 minutes.

Cooking a Turkey:

The key to preparing a properly cooked and delicious turkey is cooking it to minimum temperature and waiting for the Pop Up® to pop. No need to wiggle the leg or slice into it to ensure that it is cooked to perfection. When you buy a turkey with a Pop Up already inserted, simply prepare as directed and cook until the Pop Up deploys—each Pop Up is calibrated to “pop up” at the proper doneness temperature (180ºF). Extensive testing and research has been put behind the technology that ensures the Pop Up is accurate and reliable. It is safe to baste as desired and even use when deep frying turkeys.

Turkey Leftovers, Storage and Reheating

  • Foods can stay out for serving and eating about two hours. After that time, place leftovers in shallow bowls, cover and refrigerate or freeze.
  • Reheat leftovers to 165° F. at the thickest part: Use a thermometer to check.
  • Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator 2-3 days: Freeze if longer storage is required.

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