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Thanksgiving turkey cooking tips.

In the run-up to turkey day, we're sharing our top Thanksgiving cooking tips to help make your day go smoothly.

Frozen turkey shelf life.

The USDA advises that poultry will remain safe in your freezer indefinitely. However, for optimum quality, we both recommend no more than twelve months stored in a freezer.thanksgiving turkey cooking tip storing turkey in the freezer

3 safe ways to thaw a turkey.

Thaw a turkey safely in the refrigerator, by the cold-water method, or in the microwave following the owner's instructions manual.thanksgiving tip 3 ways to thaw a turkey

Thawing turkey in the refrigerator.

Never thaw frozen turkey at room temperature as this will allow harmful bacteria to grow. Instead, place frozen turkey in a glass dish and defrost in the refrigerator.
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Don't rinse raw turkey.

It's not necessary to rinse turkey prior to cooking. In fact, rinsing is discouraged because this can cause germs to splatter around your food prep area.thanksgiving turkey cooking tip don't rinse raw turkey

Brining for a moist turkey.

Soak turkey in a saltwater solution (brine) for at least 15 minutes before cooking to keep moist.thanksgiving turkey cooking tip for moist turkey

Keeping turkey in the oven.

You can hold turkey in a 200°F oven, wrapped tightly for up to two hours. After that, the turkey will likely dry out. Check turkey temperature with a meat thermometer to ensure it does not go below 140°F.thanksgiving turkey cooking tip oven times

Rethink your turkey leftovers.

Share meals with others, use leftover turkey to create delicious recipes, and make turkey stock or broth.thanksgiving tips - rethink your turkey

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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