Turkeys

Fresh turkeys available during the holiday season at select local retailers and food service distributors.

How to Cook a Turkey for Thanksgiving

Tips on how to cook a Red Bird turkey for Thanksgiving.

THE RIGHT SIZE BIRD

You can plan on anywhere from ½-1 pound to person. If you really want a lot of leftovers, and have hearty eaters then plan on a generous 1 ½ pounds per person.  Chef's tip: buy two small turkeys instead of a large one...two birds give you the option to cook with different styles! Also, a good brine can go a long way.

ROASTING A TURKEY-TIPS FROM A-Z

  1. Heat the oven to 325°F. Remove neck and giblets. These may be used to prepare turkey and stuffing.

  2. The plastic leg clamp may be left on during cooking.

  3. Place turkey on rack in shallow pan (see below for brine tips), breast side up, and loosely covered with foil. Remove foil after one hour of cooking.

  4. Roast until the internal temperature is 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Insert thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. Juices should run clear.

  5. Let turkey stand at least 20 minutes before serving.

  6. For optimal safety, cook turkey and stuffing separately. If desired, add fully cooked stuffing to cooked turkey just prior to serving.Decide if you want to Brine, Rub, or Baste Turkey

APPROXIMATE COOKING TIMES FOR YOUR TURKEY

Remember, always check the temperature with a meat thermometer.

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HOW LONG CAN I KEEP A FRESH TURKEY IN THE FRIDGE?

The use or freeze by date on the turkey serves as a guideline.  Yet the temperature at which the turkey is stored will greatly affect shelf life.  Make sure your fridge is 36°F or cooler.  Also, the coolest place in a fridge is usually the bottom towards the back.  Keep your turkey in this cool place and it will stay fresh until the use/freeze by date on the label.  Try to avoid freezing a Red Bird turkey as it will be a little less juicy after it's been frozen.  Finally, we always recommend doing the "smell test" on ALL of your perishable goods...your nose knows best!  

DID YOU FREEZE YOUR TURKEY?  

Click on this link for some pointers on defrosting your turkey and safe shelf life practices for frozen meat! For more information on food safety, please visit: http://www.foodsafety.org

Chef's Turkey Tips:

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Remember, Red Bird turkeys are fresh, natural, and NEVER INJECTED!  

Ask your local grocer for a Red Bird Farms turkey or contact us for more information.

 

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