1. Read Turkey Labels
There are many popular turkey adjectives: organic, heritage, kosher, and basted, for example. According to our research, these terms still mean the exact same thing as they did last year. We make it easy for you to understand with How to Read Turkey Labels.
2. Buy the Right Size
Count the number of carnivores attending your meal. (Here are some ideas for meatless mains for the vegetarian guests.) Since you want leftover sandwiches, assume one pound of whole turkey (unstuffed) per carnivore. Note: the bigger the turkey, the bigger the proportion of meat to bone. Figure about a pound and a half per person if you're buying the bird pre-stuffed.
3. Allow Enough Thawing Time
Don't forget to set aside enough time for your turkey to thaw! Allow approximately 24 hours in the fridge per 5 pounds. If you're going the cold water route, allow about 30 minutes per pound and change the water every 30 minutes.
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