Here’s a little “Turkey Talk” from the Marshall County Extension Office…
Be prepared! Before purchasing your turkey, make ample space in your refrigerator, moving shelves if necessary.
• Fresh or frozen?
There is no quality difference between a fresh or frozen turkey although fresh turkeys have shorter shelf lives. By purchasing a frozen turkey, you can get the turkey in advance and take advantage of special sales.
Fresh turkeys provide convenience because they do not require thawing.
• Fresh turkey
Allow 1 pound of turkey per person. Buy your turkey only one to two days before you plan to cook it.
Keep it stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook it. Place it on a tray or in a pan to catch any juices that may leak.
Do not buy fresh pre-stuffed turkeys. If not handled properly, any harmful bacteria that may be in the stuffing can multiply very quickly.