If you're in charge of the Thanksgiving bird this year, use these three simple steps from Meijer to make preparation as easy as 1-2-3.
Step 1: Choosing a Turkey
How much turkey should I buy? A good guideline is to purchase one pound of turkey per person. But, to be covered for a surprise guest or to have next-day leftovers, purchase two pounds per person.
Fresh vs. frozen. Fresh turkeys are deep chilled after packaging and have a short shelf life. Use within a day or two of purchasing. Frozen turkeys are frozen after packing and held at that temperature until purchased. This helps to keep the turkey as fresh as possible the day it was processed.
Step 2: Thawing the Turkey
Never thaw a frozen turkey at room temperature. Keep the turkey in its original wrapping in the refrigerator and place it on a tray to catch any juices that might leak. Or, keep it in the original wrapping and immerse it in cold tap water, changing the water every 30 minutes until thawed.
Step 3: Cooking the Turkey
A perfect turkey is the product of perfect roasting. First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Remove the turkey from the packaging and release the legs from the clamp. Then remove the neck and giblets. Tuck the wing tips under for more even cooking and easier carving, then place the turkey on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Follow the weight chart below for cooking directions.
Weight Unstuffed Stuffed
8-12 lbs. 2 ¾ - 3 hours 3 – 3 ½ hours
13-14 lbs. 3 – 3 ¾ hours 3 ½ - 4 hours
15-18 lbs. 3 ¾ - 4 ½ hours 4 – 4 ½ hours
19-20 lbs. 4 ¼ - 4 ¾ hours Same
21-24 lbs. 4 ½ - 5 hours Same
Using these simple guidelines you'll have a beautiful turkey that was easy to prepare and tastes delicious! For more turkey day cooking tips and recipes, visit www.meijermealbox.com.
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