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Turkey talk phone line to the rescue

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Published on November 23, 2010 with No Comments

You found the perfect turkey and now what? You can stuff it, bake it, roast it, even deep fry it. But for how long? Butterball has their Turkey Talk phone line you can call throughout November and December. According to Butterball’s Web site, they have solved some bizarre turkey situations including everything from turkeys on fire, to how to time it to be ready by halftime.
Here are some common questions and answers.
•1. How long can I keep my turkey once it is open? Turkey lunchmeats should be refrigerated before and after opening. Once the package is opened, expect to keep the meat two to three days in the refrigerator. If you have cooked a turkey or a roast, wrap leftovers and refrigerate within two hours. Again, finish the leftovers within two to three days of refrigerating.
•2. Can I freeze my turkey? Feel free to freeze our turkey products in their original wrap before the Best-By date. Thaw in the refrigerator and use within two to three days.
•3. What’s the best way to thaw a turkey? Thawing a turkey can be harder than it seems, but two methods are the refrigerator thawing method or cold-water thawing method.
•4. What’s the proper way to stuff a turkey? Too much stuffing and your turkey may not cook all the way through. Too little and it may be overcooked.
•6. How do I know when my turkey is done? The best way to tell if your turkey is ready to eat is with a meat thermometer.
When the meat thermometer reaches 180 degrees deep in the thigh, juices should be clear, not reddish pink, when thigh muscle is pierced deeply. If the turkey is stuffed, you will know it is done when the thermometer reaches 165 degrees in the center of the stuffing. When the stuffed turkey is done, remove turkey from the oven and let the turkey with stuffing stand 15 minutes.
For more information, call the Butterball Turkey phone line at 800-Butterball (800-288-8372), or visit www.butterball.com.

SIDE BAR:

Refrigerator thawing method for turkey:
• Thaw breast side up, in unopened wrapper, on a tray in the refrigerator.
• Allow for at least one day of thawing for every 4 pounds of turkey.

Cold-water thawing method for turkey:
• Thaw breast side down, in unopened wrapper, in enough cold water to cover it completely.
• Change the water frequently to keep the turkey chilled.
• Estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per pound for a whole turkey.

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