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Thanksgiving- Most Useful Turkey Tips

Nov 18, 2007
First, let me tell you something briefly about Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a traditional North American holiday to give thanks at the conclusion of the harvest season. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. The day is also called as the Turkey day as turkey is traditionally eaten all over the United States of America. In the United States of America, Thanksgiving holidays are a four day weekend which usually marks a break in school and college calendars. Families and friends gather for a reunion, a day of thanks, and a festive meal. Families eat Thanksgiving dinner together with turkey being the main dish. Mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, turnips, yams and pumpkin pie are very commonly associated with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Very often guests bring food stuff or help the hosts with cooking in the kitchen as part of a happy, communal meal. Families re-unite with old-timers, kids and relatives for this holiday.

A ten pound turkey will feed about seven people and take about eight cups of stuffing. A fifteen pound turkey will feed about ten people and require about twelve cups of stuffing. A twenty pound turkey will feed about thirteen adults and require fifteen cups of stuffing to fill the cavities.

To thaw a turkey in the refrigerator, it will take about twenty four hours for every five pounds. For the water bath method of thawing, make sure the turkey is in a sealed bag and place it in cold water. Change the cold water every thirty minutes. It will take about thirty minutes for every pound of turkey to thaw.

For safety, be sure to wash carefully with soap and hot water everything that touches the raw turkey, and wash anything that has touched anything that touched the raw turkey. Do not, for instance, touch other areas or items when you have just touched the raw turkey.

At 325 degrees Fahrenheit of temperature you will need to cook a 10-15 pound turkey from 3 3/4 to 4 hours, and a twenty pound turkey from 4 to 5 hours. Your supper should be served a half hour after that to give the turkey a chance to rest and you a chance to make gravy and put the food on the table. If you like, you can count backwards from the time you wish to serve to get an idea when you should begin. If you wish to serve at 3 p.m., for example, the turkey should be out of the oven by 2:30. If it is a fifteen pound turkey, it should go into the oven at ten am, and you will probably need an hour to prepare the stuffing and stuff the bird, so you should begin at nine am.

If you are able to use a meat thermometer, insert it to the thickest part of the thigh near the breast, but avoid touching the bone. The thermometer should be 180 degrees when the turkey is done.
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