Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and I can already taste that juicy Butterball Turkey meat melting in my mouth. I remember Thanksgivings as a kid with my mom and stepdad and she wouldn’t buy anything BUT Butterball Turkeys. There was just something about them – they were juicier and more full of flavor than other turkeys. So now, in my home we have Butterball Turkeys every Thanksgiving and it is the BEST choice!
If you are anything like I am, you want your Thanksgiving dinner to be flawless, memorable, and filling. Butterball is here to help you accomplish that goal! Tips are available from Butterball via Butterball.com, Facebook, Twitter, emails and calls at 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372). ”Cooks can reach us in more ways than ever this year for our best tips for a picture-perfect Thanksgiving,” said Mary Clingman, director of the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. ”Whether Thanksgiving cooks read the 60 tweets per minute we share on Thanksgiving Day, seek bilingual assistance, watch how-to videos on Butterball.com or send us questions via email, our best advice is always plan ahead.”
- Thawing with Ease: Thawing in the refrigerator is the recommended method. For every four pounds of turkey, allow at least one day of thawing in the refrigerator. However, if your turkey is still frozen and you’re short on time, submerge the turkey in cold water. Leave the turkey in the wrapper, place it in a tub or sink of cold water and allow 30 minutes of thaw time for every pound of turkey.
- Food Prep 101: Practice good food safety procedures: wash hands often; keep raw turkey and ready-to-eat foods separated; cook foods to proper temperatures – the turkey should reach 180 degrees Fahrenheit in the thigh, 170 degrees Fahrenheit in the breast and 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the center of the stuffing; and refrigerate cooked turkey promptly to reduce temperature to below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- It’s All About How You Cook It: The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts recommend the open pan roasting method using a flat rack in a shallow pan so that the turkey cooks evenly and is raised off the bottom of the pan. If you don’t have a flat rack, take a long piece of Reynold’s Wrap Aluminum Foil and crinkle it the long way to create a tube like shape. Then shape the tube of foil into a medium sized circle to place at the bottom of the pan. Place the turkey on this homemade cooking rack – this elevates the turkey, reduces the amount of dishes (just toss the rack in the trash) and cooks the turkey evenly.
- Bites of Wisdom: Recipes don’t have to be trendy or complicated to impress guests. Butterball’s Master Chef Tony Seta suggests taking traditional mashed potatoes and adding simple ingredients – Butterball Turkey Bacon and Asiago cheese – that’ll create a little extra flavor. Don’t anticipate any leftovers!
- Don’t Break the Bank: Start thinking about the meal in advance and look for ways to save. Butterball provides easy ways for Thanksgiving cooks to save by partnering with brands synonymous with Thanksgiving including Stove Top Stuffing Mix, Heinz HomeStyle Gravy, Pillsbury, Reynolds and more!
If you need more help, access Thanksgiving advice from the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line experts no matter where you are – in the aisles, at the dinner table or in the kitchen.
- Live Chat: Engage with our turkey experts during live chats throughout the month of November and receive real-time suggestions and advice to ensure a flawless holiday.
- Butterball.com: Log on the website or mobile site to receive turkey advice, promotions, and new recipes. In addition, three popular food and lifestyle bloggers will post recipe ideas and personal anecdotes, including special tips on how to make your Thanksgiving better than ever.
- 1-800-BUTTERBALL: Turkey Talk-Line experts will be available this season starting November 1, 2011, through December 25, 2011, to answer questions and assist Thanksgiving cooks.
I am honored to be working with Butterball again for a 3rd year now on The Mommy-Files. Butterball Turkeys make our Thanksgivings amazing and I am excited to have a Butterball Turkey at our table again this year! One of my quick tips to make Thanksgiving dinner a successful one is to have a schedule planned out. Starting with the stuffing preparation, turkey cooking, and the rest of your dinner, it will make your Thanksgiving day less stressful than if you were to play everything by ear. Also, be sure to begin purchasing foods, that won’t go bad or that you can freeze, ahead of time – helping to cut down on meal preparation costs. A big thanks to Butterball for this feature and giveaway opportunity on The Mommy-Files.
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I received a Butterball Turkey check from Butterball to facilitae this review. The giveaway was sponsored by Butterball. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.