Thanksgiving Turkey Tips (Iowa Turkey Federation)

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(Whole turkey – raw in a roasting pan)

1. Selection of the turkey

- 1 pound per person

- Store turkeys, fresh vs frozen

- thaw 5 pounds per day in refrigerator

- cost less than $2 a pound

(Whole turkey – in a bag brining)

2. Seasoning & Roasting

- roast in pan with sides, lid or foil

- Roasting bags option

- Roast in 325 degree oven.

- Season with salt, pepper, poultry seasoning = simple

- Brine – salt & water combo overnight

(Cooked turkey – on a carving board)

3. Temperature

- 15 to 20 minutes per pound

- take its temperature in more than one spots

- The breast should reach 165 degrees.

- The thigh should reach 175 degrees.

- Test both sides of the bird.

- Allow it to rest for 20 minutes, carve.

For more tips on preparing your Thanksgiving Turkey, visit the Iowa Turkey Federation's website here.