7 Days to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving – Day 2 What Type of Turkey?

7 Days to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

 7 Days to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

 Day 2 What Type of Turkey?

Welcome to Day 2 of our Thanksgiving series 7 Days to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving.  There are a lot of options when it comes to our favorite Thanksgiving bird and it can be confusing; especially when you are standing at the grocery store looking at dozens of turkeys!  Here are some terms and things to consider when choosing your Thanksgiving Turkey.

Talking Turkey Terms:

Self Basting – These turkeys have been injected broth or butter along with water, salt and possibly chicken fat. The baste provides added moisture.

Organic – Turkeys bearing the organic label are raised free of antibiotics and growth hormones.

Natural – Anything labeled “all natural” must be minimally processed.

Kosher – Turkeys are raised and processed by strict Jewish dietary laws.

Fresh or Frozen?

Fresh Turkey – Must be purchased close to when you will actually use it.  We recommend, picking up your fresh turkey the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  Check with your local grocery store, many allow you to order a turkey to match your preferences.

Frozen Turkey – Can be purchased weeks in advance but you must allow for about  1 day of thawing per 4lbs of turkey.

What size Turkey?

A basic guide is 1- 1 1/2 lbs of turkey per-person.  Go a little higher if you are big eaters or if your family likes primarily white meat: go a little lower if you don’t like leftovers.

Read day 1 of our Series 7 Days to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving.  Also make sure to check out our Thanksgiving section for the latest Thanksgiving related articles, deals and coupons.


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