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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 degrees 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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Ken Toth

Director: Meat, Deli, Gourmet Cheese and Coffee