Thanksgiving is fast approaching, so now’s the time to start talking turkey. When it comes to buying your bird, there are several types to choose from, so let us help you determine what kind of turkey is best for you and your family. And when following the South Beach Diet, keep in mind that the skinless white breast meat is an excellent source of lean protein. Here's an easy guide to buying your Thanksgiving turkey:
Types of Turkey
Frozen: Turkeys labeled frozen are flash-frozen down to 0°F right
after packaging. They're every bit as flavorful as fresh ones. If you purchase
a frozen turkey, allow plenty of time for it to thaw. The best methods are to
thaw the bird for several days in the refrigerator or for up to 12 hours in a
sink (or another deep container) in very cold water, making sure to replenish
the cold water every 30 minutes. To avoid harmful bacteria, never thaw your
turkey at room temperature (for example, on a kitchen counter).
Fresh: Fresh turkeys are kept at a temperature between 26 and 40ºF,
and therefore, they have a shorter shelf life than frozen turkeys. However,
since you don’t have to deal with thawing a fresh turkey, it can be a
convenient choice for your holiday dinner.
Organic: Organic turkeys, often called free-range, are raised on
organic feeds and are generally allowed to forage and get plenty of sunshine
and fresh air. Also, they are raised without antibiotics. Organic turkeys come
frozen or fresh.
How Much Per
No matter which type of bird you choose, figure that you need 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of turkey per person before cooking. Once you’ve determined the type and weight range you need, find the best bird available. Then clear out your freezer or refrigerator to make room!