Buying and Thawing Your Thanksgiving Turkey

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unthawing your turkeyEveryone’s favorite eating holiday is here! While cozy family gatherings and Aunt Myrtle’s cranberry relish may be off the menu this year, a big ol’ turkey is still very much in play.

Turkey tends to be the star attraction, the top billing, the big bird (literally) of the meal, so you want to make sure it’s perfect. But first things first: buying and thawing your poultry centerpiece safely.

If buying a frozen turkey, plan to allow 1 day of thawing for every 5 pounds

How many days before Thanksgiving should you buy the turkey? Is it safe to thaw a turkey in water? What about in the microwave? Should you keep a thawing turkey on the counter?

Don’t get your feathers ruffled, our resident food safety expert and NC State Extension specialist, Ben Chapman, shares research-based tips on how to buy and thaw your Thanksgiving feast so everyone stays happy and healthy for the holidays.

If defrosting in water, use a thermometer to make sure the turkey stays below 41 degrees Fahrenheit

We can’t fix the years-long feud with your cousins over who broke the Nintendo when you were kids, but we can make sure you know just what to do in the kitchen!

Buying and Thawing Your Thanksgiving Turkey