Butterball Turkey Questions

November 25, 2009 by  

Thanksgiving Turkey_3Thousands of people call the Butterball Hotline and ask this question. What about Alton Brown’s turkey brine recipes and deep frying a turkey? How long does it take to thaw a Thanksgiving turkey? Fresh or Frozen? Is stuffing a turkey safe? All these questions can be found at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA).

Make sure to read Alton Brown’s, How To Brine a Turkey and How To Deep Fry a Turkey, and also watch his videos for complete How-To instructions.

Let’s Talk Turkey
The USDA encourages calls, “Cooks taking on turkey preparation are just a phone call away from advice at the USDA meat and poultry hotline, 1-888-MPHOTLINE (1-888-674-6854). The hotline operates Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, and will operate on Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. Consumers can also “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day, at”

The Butterball Turkey-Talk Line is open for questions. For 29 years, a team of Butterball trained cooks have been answering all sorts of turkey questions about buying, storing, defrosting, brining, roasting and deep frying turkeys. There’s no question that should baffle them, they’ve probably heard it all. Call the Butterball Turkey-Talk Line at 1-800-288-8372. Take advantage of calling them weekdays from 8:00am -8:00pm CST, for all you turkey questions. USDA Turkey Tweets Promote Thanksgiving Food Safety is another great resource.

How Much Turkey Do You Need? For fresh or frozen turkeys, figure on 1 pound of turkey per person. If you want leftovers, add a few extra pounds to the total.

How To Roast a Turkey – Don’t forget to remove the giblets, neck and liver from the turkey cavities before roasting. Don’t throw them away if you want to make your own giblet gravy. For complete directions on roasting and thawing a turkey, please go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA).

Timetables for Turkey Roasting in a 325 °F Oven

Unstuffed Turkey
4 to 8 pounds (breast) 1½ to 3¼ hours
8 to 12 pounds 2¾ to 3 hours
12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3¾ hours
14 to 18 pounds 3¾ to 4¼ hours
18 to 20 pounds 4¼ to 4½ hours
20 to 24 pounds 4½ to 5 hours

Stuffed Turkey
4 to 6 pounds (breast) Not usually applicable
6 to 8 pounds (breast) 2½ to 3½ hours
8 to 12 pounds 3 to 3½ hours
12 to 14 pounds 3½ to 4 hours
14 to 18 pounds 4 to 4¼ hours
18 to 20 pounds 4¼ to 4¾ hours
20 to 24 pounds 4¾ to 5¼ hours

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