April 20, 2024

Talking turkey: Time to start planning Thanksgiving dinner

National Turkey Federation shares tips

The National Turkey Federation is the national advocate for America’s turkey farmers and producers.

WASHINGTON — There should be no shortage of turkey at the grocery store this year, according to the National Turkey Federation.

“We’re excited to offer consumers a number of available turkey products this Thanksgiving,” said Joel Brandenberger, NTF president. “Thanks to the hard work of U.S. turkey producers, there will again be an ample supply of turkeys available for Thanksgiving.

“Turkey products are available for purchase in most grocery stores and supermarkets, and many retailers are already offering special discounts and attractive prices on whole turkeys this Thanksgiving.”

Planning ahead is the key to securing a turkey that meets your specific needs, according to NTF.

If there’s a particular weight or style of turkey you require, you’ll want to shop earlier or contact your local grocery store to find out when those products will be available.

Food Safety Tips

• Clean: Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Ensure surfaces are clean both before and after handling raw turkey.

• Separate: Prevent cross-contamination by using different cutting boards to separate raw turkey from produce and other items you are preparing.

• Cook: Cook your turkey to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees as measured by a food thermometer. Cooking to the proper temperature will kill all bacteria with certainty.

• Chill: Chill leftovers immediately and use or freeze leftovers within three to four days.

Freezing Turkey

Freezing leftover turkey is a great way to keep leftovers longer and save on the grocery bill. It’s best to freeze turkey within one day of cooking for optimal texture and taste.

Leftover turkey freezes well for up to six months if properly handled, packed and frozen.

Recipes and resources are available at www.eatturkey.org.

Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor