Did you know about Turkey's?

  • shirleyoma 16 years ago
    Did you know

    How much turkey should I buy?

    Decide how much turkey you will need before you shop. Buy one
    pound per person or 1 1/2 pounds per person if you have hearty
    eaters or want ample leftovers.

    How long can turkey be stored?

    When storing fresh whole turkey, remove giblets and refrigerate
    the whole turkey in a covered container for cooking within 2 days.
    Frozen whole turkeys can be stored for 1 year; parts for 6 months.
    Once thawed, treat as fresh and don’t refreeze until cooked.

    Cooked turkey should be placed in a covered container, plastic
    bag or aluminum foil for up to 4 days in the refrigerator or 3 months
    in the freezer.

    What is the nutritional value of turkey?

    Turkey is low in fat and high in protein. It is an inexpensive
    source of iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium and B vitamins. A serving
    of turkey is a 2 to 3-ounce cooked portion. The Food Guide Pyramid
    suggests 2 to 3 servings from the meat group each day.
  • pressurecooker 16 years ago said:
    Very helpful information for this time of the year.

    I will second what you say with this caveat: I have kept turkeys for a year several times. I usually stock up after Thanksgiving time when they are on sale, and usually clean out the last one at Thanksgiving--though sometimes we don't make it that long. Usually it is pretty good, but definitely not as good as a fresh one by then. The fat is often starting to get a little rancid so I would carefully trim it ALL off. Occasionally the skin is starting to get rancid too, but probably I got a turkey that was already "aged" too long in the producer's or store's freezer and I just happened to purchase the old turkey.

    I'm not saying you're wrong on how long you can keep them. Just SOMETIMES keeping one that long results in a less than ideal product. I wouldn't count on a turkey that old if I were having company unless I were doing some heavy-duty marinating or I checked it for freshness several days ahead.

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