Get Ready for Thanksgiving Now

Thanksgiving is not until Thursday, I know, but I thought it might be helpful to share some tips now on getting ready for the big day.

Don’t let a still-frozen turkey ruin your meal
If you purchased a frozen turkey, now may be the time to take it out of the freezer and put in the refrigerator to thaw. You should allow 1-3 days to defrost a 4-12 pound bird, 3-4 days for a 12-16 pound bird, and 5-6 days for a 20-24 pound bird.

If you have a big turkey, get it out of the freezer today!

For our meal—which will be at my mother’s house, as usual—I bought a fresh turkey that was not frozen but well chilled. I got it at Whole Foods, and it is a Diestel-brand (http://www.diestelturkey.com/), 15.44-pound bird which should easily serve 4-6 people with leftovers. I think my mom is going to wrap it in proscuitto or bacon, but I’ll try to remember to take photos and post them later in the weekend. (She is also making a pumpkin bread pudding with croissants. Yum.)

Other turkey advice
Here are a couple of links to advice on getting ready for turkey day:
Let’s Talk Turkey — USDA advice on poultry preparation
The Fastest Way to Thaw a Turkey — from How Stuff Works

And if you’re thinking about deep-frying your turkey, check out this video William Shatner made for State Farm about deep-frying safety.

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