Don't let a turkey shortage get in the way of your Thanksgiving feast.Last week, Massachusetts-based grocery chain Big Y announced that Butterball would only be fulfilling 50% of national orders for fresh birds over 16 pounds due to a national shortage.
Of course, the obvious answer is that there are plenty of other brands of turkeys to try, so don't sweat it. But if you must have your Butterball, here are a few suggestions from Sherry Rujikarn, assistant food editor in our Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, on what to do if your store runs out.
Go for frozen.
There's not really a noticeable difference in taste, Rujikarn says. You'll need to do a bit of pre-planning if you opt for an frozen bird, however: It takes roughly a day to thaw per four pounds of turkey. Plan to place the turkey in your fridge at least four days in advance. And unfortunately, there's no workaround we recommend if you forget until the day before.
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That said, Rujikarn does have one trick to help you speed up the thawing process:Read More »from There's a Butterball Shortage but You Don't Need to Worry