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Q: Could you please offer suggestions on planning, storage and proper defrosting times for holiday turkeys?

A: Start by determining how many guests you will be serving for dinner, then allow one pound of whole turkey per guest. Be sure to store your fresh turkey at 40°F or less in the refrigerator. If your turkey is frozen, you may defrost in the refrigerator and allow 24 hours for each 7 lbs. of turkey. For roasting instructions, please visit Meat 101.

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Roast turkey with green beans and dauphine patatoes
Ken Toth

Director: Meat, Deli, Gourmet Cheese and Coffee