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Is there a difference between freezing meat at 26°F and 0°F?

According to this answer, you are allowed to market turkeys as fresh as long as they haven't been frozen below 26°F. What is the purpose of this law/regulation?
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How large does an oven need to be to fit a 18 lbs turkey?

Can anyone tell me the interior oven dimensions needed to comfortably fit an 18 lbs turkey? I've searched around on the internet, but seeing as Thanksgiving is an American holiday, where most people ...
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Should cold turkey and roast beef be heated before putting on the gravy?

I bought some good quality roast beef and turkey carvery style. However they are both cold, so I want to add gravy. I don't know if I should warm the meat before putting the gravy. Another ...
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Are there any differences between preparing/cooking a turkey that was labeled “basted with real butter” vs a regular turkey?

I've roasted numerous turkeys numerous ways, but never bought a turkey that was basted with butter. I've always just bought a regular turkey, usually I brine it, and then roast it. I've always had ...
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Reducing “gamy” flavor of turkey

I'm planning on smoking a turkey for the holidays. I have done that before, and it turned out good on the tenderness and flavor, but still had a very "gamy" flavor. I typically use either hickory or ...
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Turkey stock in refrigerator

We boiled the carcass of the turkey and let it set in the refrigerator for about 5 days. When I took it out to prepare the soup it was like gelatin. I know that's OK, however at the bottom there was ...
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Is turkey usable after stove turned off? [duplicate]

someone turned off stove I was cooking turkey carcass,it's still warm to touch.Can I safely continue cooking it? There was just meat in pot.
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What should I do with a turkey after roasting but hours before dinner?

I work overnight, from 12 AM to 8 AM. When I got in, my only instruction was to check the turkey by 1 AM. I was also told by the co-worker I was relieving that she put the turkey in at 9 PM. And the ...
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Thanksgiving leftovers out all night [duplicate]

I packed all my leftovers in tupperware, and accidentally left them all out on the table overnight -turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables. Do I have to throw everything away?
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How long do you let a turkey rest after cooking?

I have heard mixed advice on how long you should let a turkey rest after cooking. Last year my wife and I watched a Thanksgiving cooking show with Gordon Ramsey and he said you should let the ...
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Is it safe to deep fry two turkeys in the same oil for Thanksgiving?

Should you deep fry two turkeys in the same oil or is it better to use fresh oil for the second turkey?
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How (or is) “low & slow” turkey safe?

If I slow-cook a turkey over low, low heat for 12-18 hours, how does it stay "safe" when the turkey has been in the danger zone for a large majority of the cooking time? I've been slow-cooking ...
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How many minutes in the oven per pound: stuffed turkey

My mom is asking. Not sure if she's brining the turkey, but probably. Also, she probably knows the answer but is just testing me.
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What happens if I brine my turkey for 2 days?

I have a logistical problem that leaves me with no fridge room for 2 days before Thanksgiving... I always brine my turkey, so I don't have any questions about that, but typically it's only an 8 - 10 ...
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What is the proper amount of time to thaw + brine a turkey simultaneously?

I recently saw a tip that you can thaw a frozen turkey in your brine, and I'd like to try that this year. I was planning to thaw my turkey for 3 days in a cooler of water. I've actually never brined ...
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Spatchcocked turkey cooking time

How long should I plan on cooking a 16 pound spatchcocked turkey? What temperature would be best to cook a 16 pound spatchcocked turkey?
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Roasting multiple turkeys (cooking time estimation)

We tend to aim for large Thanksgiving gatherings, and thus tend to roast the largest turkey we can find. Last year, we ended up roasting a couple extra turkey legs so we had enough meat. This year, ...
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How long will a whole turkey keep in a refrigerator?

My daughter bought a fresh, organic, kosher turkey from Trader Joe's last night (her first turkey!), 8 days before she will start cooking it. The company customer service representative as well as ...
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Breaking down a turkey for storage - brine before or after freezing?

The subject should sum this up. We're taking advantage of the seasonal prices for 2 fresh turkeys which I'm breaking down into boneless breasts, thighs, and legs to be frozen for future use. The back ...
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Spatchcock Turkey in Small Oven

I'm looking to spatchcock a turkey this year, and I was wondering what size of bird (in pounds) would fit on a standard quarter sized baking sheet. My oven is relatively small (it looks like it can ...
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How can I get brine flavour into turkey?

Since I started doing holiday dinners, I've always brined my birds. I love the result, but I find that while the turkey comes out nice and moist, it doesn't pick up much flavour from the brine. For ...
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Turkish coffee foam

Hello Turkish coffee lovers, Could anyone tell me how I can have a lot of good coffee foam? When I boil it 3 times, all the foam is gone. I want to make a coffee similar to this:
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Is ground upper turkey thighs the same as regular ground turkey?

I usually buy ground turkey at costco, which is labeled ground turkey. However, I asked the local butcher for ground turkey today and when I arrived home, the meat label said "ground upper turkey ...
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How to keep my turkey burgers from crumbling

I combined a pound of lean ground turkey with 3/4 cup each of chopped red onion and medium salsa. It was delicious, but it was also pretty crumbly, is there something I can do to make it hold together ...
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How do I keep ground turkey or chicken from clumping when I cook it?

When I sautee ground turkey or chicken for tacos or sloppy joes, I want the chunks of meat to be smaller and more like ground beef which breaks up easily. But the ground turkey or chicken tends to ...
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How do I make a really flavorful turkey burger?

Since turkey burgers don't have a lot of fat, you lose a lot of the flavor that you get with beef. Also, you have to make sure you cook them through (170 degrees), so they tend to dry out. What are ...
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Cooking turkey breast

I have a 5.5 turkey breast I'm marinating overnight do I judge the cooking time on the original weight of meat or on the weight of it after it comes out of the marinate?
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Can you thaw a frozen turkey in a dryer?

In the TV show New Girl, there is an episode (season 1, episode 6) in which they are cooking for Thanksgiving but forgot to thaw the Turkey, so they put it in the dryer, but it has some unexpected ...
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What are the options for thawing a frozen turkey?

I'm aware of a few methods (many days in the refrigerator, hours under cold water, etc.) for thawing a whole turkey before cooking it. However, I don't know how these methods balance against each ...
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I would like to hear any techniques involved in making Turducken for Thanksgiving

A Turducken is a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, which then is stuffed into a de-boned turkey. I would like to try this but would first like to hear from anyone else that has made this ...
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How much turkey should I plan per person?

For the holidays, I plan to do a turkey, but I need to order in advance since the place I'm buying from is popular and usually sells out in pre-orders. Estimates of how much turkey to plan per person ...
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How can I make my turkey gravy look darker and richer?

When I make gravy to go with roast chicken and turkey, it is flavourful but always looks a little pale. Could you suggest a way to make it look darker without adding gravy browning?
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Why did my Turkey Stock turn into gelatin?

We took our left-over turkey carcass and parts and simmered them for a few hours with water in a pot with some herbs and veggies. After removing the solids, and separating the fat, we placed it in ...
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What is a good way to cook Turkey Chops?

How should turkey chops be cooked so they are tasty? Is a cast iron pan needed or benefitial?
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Cooking a turkey in an electric roasting pan for the first time

My oven is not working so I'm cooking our turkey in an electric roasting pan and I can't find the wire rack to go in the bottom. Can I still cook the turkey in the roasting pan? Is it going to be ...
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Can I dry-brine a turkey crown while it's defrosting?

At the suggestion of certain knowledgeable parties, I plan on dry-brining my turkey crown for Christmas dinner this year. However, I will most likely be buying a frozen crown, so I'm wondering what ...
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How do you keep turkey from getting too dry?

It's Thanksgiving up here in Canada, and I'm wondering what can be done to keep the breast meat on a turkey from being too dry?
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How long to cook stuffed turkey

What is the cooking time for a stuffed turkey at 350 degrees? I read that it should be 20 minutes per pound, is this correct?
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Frying a turkey while snowing

I live in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. It is currently November 2013, and light snow is in the forecast for Thanksgiving. I plan on deep frying the turkey. I have deep fried turkey before. I know what ...
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how long to cook a turkey per pound

I'm cooking a turkey for thanksgiving for the first time. I've got a beautiful 11 lb turkey and according to the websites I found, I should cook it for about three hours. When I asked my girlfriend's ...
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Can I brine a self-basting turkey?

I was planning to brine my turkey but I realise that I bought a self-basting turkey. According to most websites, brining a self-basting turkey is a big "no". But has anyone brine a self-basting ...
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Roasting a turkey in a roaster oven

Can I brown my turkey in my conventional oven first? That way, my turkey would have a nice brown skin, and I could continue the roasting in the roaster oven to leave my regular oven free to bake ...
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Using cloves in stocks/broths

I have a (somewhat) recently purchased spice jar of cloves in my pantry that isn't getting much attention. I've seen stock/broth recipes that call for whole peppercorns, and am curious if subbing ...
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Brining a kosher bird

How should I adjust the salinity of a brine when using a kosher turkey? Some reccomendations suggest decreasing the salinity of the brine, but how much? My recipe is two quarts of water with 1 c. of ...
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Creating a thanksgiving brine for a 7-8 lb Turkey?

How much salt is one need for a typical brine for an average 7-8lb turkey? Or is it more appropriate to ask what the ratios are of water to salt for a brine ? I found a SA.SE question regarding ...
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Small turkey for practice

Thanksgiving is getting closer and I want to cook a turkey. However, I want to cook a test turkey first. Problem is, the turkeys in the grocery stores will be massive, and I just want to practice on ...
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How can I estimate cooking time for a brined and roasted turkey? [duplicate]

For previous Thanksgivings, we have brined and roasted our turkey. (Here is the detailed process.) After brining for about a day, we roast the bird for 30 minutes at 500°F and then bake it at ...
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Coooking the Turkey the night before [duplicate]

If I cook the turkey the night before then cut it up, put in refrigerator wrapped or covered in container is it safe to reheat the next day and if fluid added in pan will it moisten it?
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Freezing turkey burgers?

I have prepared a big batch of raw turkey patties that I would like to bag and freeze, now the patties are too soft to handle and to put in the bags... What is the best method of doing this? I was ...
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Turkey frying oil temperature issues

Thanksgiving and Christmas of last year I tried my hand at frying a turkey. Everything was fine but I could never seem to get the peanut oil up to 350℉ (175℃). I followed Alton Brown's Recipe but ...