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Let’s Talk Turkey

Start with safely thawing your frozen turkey from

Is it safe to wash your turkey? The USDA recommends that you don’t wash raw poultry before cooking.

The times on this timetable for cooking turkey (325 degrees F oven temperature) are approximate and should always be used in conjunction with a properly placed food thermometer.

In calls to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Meat and Poultry Hotline, turkey is the most-often-asked-about food category by consumers. Some frequently asked questions: “Are antibiotics and hormones used in raising turkeys? What does self-basted mean? How long can you keep a turkey in the freezer? Is it safe to partially cook turkey at one time and finish cooking later?” The following information answers these and many other questions about turkey.


Turkey Talk-Line information:

The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is open annually in November and December. Available hours vary by date, so check the web site before calling. Phone number: 1-800-BUTTERBALL (800-288-8372) or text: 844-877-3456 or connect online at: .