This year, you don’t need no stinkin’ Butterball Turkey Talk-line! AMP Radio had Whole Foods turkey expert Cindy call in to the morning show to give us all the tips we need to cook a delicious Thanksgiving feast!
Listen to Carson Daly “grill” Cindy below (I know, I couldn’t help myself):
We also included some of her recommendations right here!
Fresh vs. Frozen Turkeys…
Cindy: With the frozen turkeys you have to keep in mind that they’re frozen all the way throughout. So it’s not something that you can just pull from the freezer and throw in the oven. If you do that, I can’t quite say how it will come out because I’ve never done it myself. I’m assuming the outside will get warm. The inside will stay cold, so you need to thaw it, which means that you need to take it out of the freezer and keep it in the refrigerator two days before cooking.
Buying an organic turkey…
Cindy: With all our turkeys that we offer at Whole Foods Market, there are no antibiotics, there’s no added growth hormones, no preservatives, no additives, and they are fed a vegetarian diet and no animal byproducts in their feed. Now the organic turkey takes it a step further. Organic turkeys are raised on a certified organic ranch and they’re fed a certified organic diet.
Will an organic turkey taste differently?
Cindy: Preference-wise, I can’t really taste a difference between a natural and organic turkey. It’s not so much the way it’s processed, it’s the way it’s grown, so yes, the organic takes into consideration the sustainability and all the eco-factors. Price-wise it is going to be a little bit more, but if you think long-term, it is the greater good for Mother Earth.
What size turkey should I get?
Cindy: We recommend a pound to a pound and a half per person. When we say person, we’re thinking adults. So if we’re looking at 10 people, if you go with the one pound per person, you are looking for a bird between an 8-10 pounder or 10-12 pounds.
Recommendations on how to prepare the bird…
Cindy: As far as cooking times and whatnot, you want to take it out of the refrigerator about an hour before placing it in the oven. You want to remove the giblets before you season it or you can actually ask any of our team members to do it at the counter for you.
Is in-the-bird stuffing safe to eat?
Cindy: We always recommend that you cook the turkey and the stuffing separately. You can cook the stuffing and put it into the bird afterwards.
How long are leftovers good for?
Cindy: I recommend in your fridge 3 to 4 to maybe 5 days, but you could always freeze it.
Did we leave anything out? Leave all your Thanksgiving questions in the comments and we’ll try to answer them on air!