Washington, D.C. –Today, the National Turkey Federation (NTF) shared helpful tips for Americans purchasing and preparing turkey to be served on the Thanksgiving table. With the holiday just over three weeks away, NTF highlighted the robust availability of turkey products featured at retailers nationwide as well as its comprehensive guide to preparing the holiday turkey, Thanksgiving 101.
“We're excited to offer consumers a number of available turkey products this Thanksgiving,” said Joel Brandenberger, NTF President. “Thanks to the hard work of U.S. turkey producers, there will again be an ample supply of turkeys available for Thanksgiving. Turkey products are available for purchase in most grocery stores and supermarkets, and many retailers are already offering special discounts and attractive prices on whole turkeys this Thanksgiving.”
Planning ahead is the key to securing a turkey that meets specific event needs. If there is a particular weight or style of turkey you require, you’ll want to shop earlier or contact your local grocery store to find out when those products will be available. As you start to plan your meal, check out NTF’s comprehensive Thanksgiving 101 for turkey tips and recipes.
Temperature Matters - Always cook turkey to 165 degrees!
Think outside the oven! Take your turkey to the grill or smoker.
Thanksgiving 101 has a fool-proof, step-by-step process on how to carve a turkey.
Make your leftovers last longer by freezing them.
The options are endless for turkey leftovers recipes.
Follow the four core food safety practices to ensure a safe Thanksgiving with family and friends.
Food Safety at Thanksgiving
Food safety is essential to ensure a safe Thanksgiving. NTF recommends following the four core food safety practices:
In addition, never rinse your turkey as that can spread bacteria that might be present around the kitchen.
Thanksgiving 101: Gobble Up These Tips for the Big Meal
Whether you’re hosting Friendsgiving or welcoming the whole family, we’ve got you covered with Thanksgiving 101. This central hub includes endless turkey recipes and everything commonly searched for when preparing your Thanksgiving turkey:
Looking Forward to Leftovers
Whether it’s the most epic leftover sandwich the world has ever seen or if you’re looking for something a little different, we’ve got a number of recipes that truly transform leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
How to Freeze Turkey
Freezing leftover turkey is a great way to keep leftovers longer and save on the grocery bill. It’s best to freeze turkey within one day of cooking for optimal texture and taste. Leftover turkey freezes well for up to six months if properly handled, packed and frozen.
About the National Turkey Federation
The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate for America’s turkey farmers and producers, raising awareness for its members’ products while strengthening their ability to profitably and safely deliver wholesome, high-quality and nutritious food to consumers worldwide. NTF is the sole national trade association exclusively representing the turkey industry; its members account for more than 95 percent of all U.S. turkey production.