Website offers Thanksgiving turkey tips
November 12, 2010
 
University of Illinois Extension has a one-stop website to answer questions on selecting, preparing, serving, and storing a Thanksgiving turkey.

"Turkey for the Holidays" (http://urbanext.illinois.edu/turkey/) covers topics such as the location of turkey farms, cooking the bird, great side dishes, and what to do with the leftovers.

"This is one of our most popular seasonal websites," said Jane Scherer, U of I Extension urban programs specialist and director of its websites.

"The average American ate 16 pounds of turkey in 2009 and 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey to celebrate Thanksgiving. "Overall, turkey consumption has doubled over the past 25 years."

A handy feature for the day after Thanksgiving is a listing on the website of recipes for leftovers along with information on proper storage temperatures and refrigerator shelf life.

There are also tips for carving the turkey prior to serving.

"Allow the turkey to rest 20 minutes after cooking," Scherer noted. "This lets juices saturate the bird evenly for better slicing. And you must cut the bird apart at the joint. Hacking though the bone is not an option."

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