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Time to Talk Turkey

Posted byVFC Marketing Team on Wed, Nov 17, 2021 @ 01:57 PM

BlogImage-2021-Talk Turkey-3When turkey is the star of your meal, start with a quality bird from trusted producers like Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and Organic Prairie in La Farge, Wisconsin. Then use our tips & tricks to cook it just right!

Thawing tips – safety first!
• Keep frozen turkey wrapped and place on a pan to catch any juices as it thaws.
• Thaw on the lowest shelf in your refrigerator.
• After thawing, remove giblets and pull out any excess fat from the cavity.

Roasting Tips:
• Place turkey breast-side-up in a shallow roasting pan.
• Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
• Place turkey on the lowest rack of the oven.
• Cook at 350°F.
• Whole turkeys need to be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 180°F. To check for doneness, insert a food thermometer into the thickest part of the inner thigh, being careful to not touch the bone since the bone temps. higher than the meat.
• Baste every ½ hour, adding more hot water or broth to the pan if the juices evaporate.

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For a crispier skin: for the final 45 minutes of cooking, remove the foil and increase your oven temperature to 400°F. Baste with pan juices every 10-15 minutes for optimal flavor and moisture levels.

• Important last step: After the turkey is removed from the oven, tent your turkey with foil and let rest for 20-30 minutes before carving. This allows juices to relax into the meat and away from the bone!

Top-notch turkey!
• Bake stuffing in a separate casserole dish (not in the cavity). This makes for evenly-cooked stuffing!
• Brine if you have the time! Brining your turkey for 12-24 hours before cooking creates a tender, juicy, flavorful bird.
• If brining, a small cooler or 5-gallon bucket works well.
• Dried-herb rubs applied before roasting adds great flavor.
• Parchment roasting bags are a great alternative to foil.
• If using the carcass for broth, either boil immediately or freeze for later!

Turkey alternatives
• Whole chickens are a great alternative for smaller gatherings and can be seasoned in the same ways.
• Plant-based “roast” options for both vegetarians and vegans are available in our freezer section!

This information has been reprinted, thanks to permission from Outpost Co-op in Milwaukee, WI

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