Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thawing Time For Big Bird

"The Big Thaw"
Turkeys must be kept at a safe temperature during "the big thaw." Frozen turkeys should not be left on the back porch, in the car trunk, in the clothes dryer, or any place else where temperatures cannot be constantly monitored. 

Refrigerator Thawing 
When thawing a turkey in the refrigerator:
  • Plan ahead: allow approximately 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds in a refrigerator 
  • Place the turkey in a container to prevent a nasty mess.

Refrigerator Thawing Times
Whole turkey:
  •  4 to 12 pounds ……  1 to 3 days
  • 12 to 16 pounds …… 3 to 4 days
  • 16 to 20 pounds …… 4 to 5 days
  • 20 to 24 pounds …… 5 to 6 days

A thawed turkey can remain in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days before cooking. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Preparing for Thanksgiving

Can hardly wait to ring the dinner bell! Thanksgiving planning has started in our home.  We will be having 30 for dinner.  While that sounds like a lot of guest the fun part  is half of them are under 12.  All the little ones add joy and yes, stress.  You have to keep them  entertained until dinner is served.

One of our tricks over the years has been to have a kids table.  Instead of tablecloth we use brown butcher paper.  Have a basket filled with crayons and washable markers.  We also have some coloring pages and word searches.