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By Jimmy Downs

Many food consumers asked questions regarding butterball turkey. The questions and probably the answers as well may be applicable to any turkey produced by other processors.

Here we give our answers to the most commonly asked butterball turkey questions on issues like butterball turkey cooking times.  Note that the answers do not come from butterball LLC.

Additionally, we give you the links at the end of this page to three most popular butterball turkey recipes. Those who want to look at butterball turkey cooking instructions may visit butterball.com for more information.

How long can I keep my turkey once it is open?
The answer to the question depends on your turkey.  You should keep your cooked turkey at room temperature for no more than 2 hours and in refrigerator for no more than 2 to 3 days.  For a raw turkey, place it in refrigerator as quickly as you can.

Can I freeze my turkey?
Turkeys you buy are either frozen or fresh.  You can certainly freeze your turkey.  If you thaw your turkey in a refrigerator, and you don't want to use it, you can freeze it again.  Frozen turkey products in their original wrap can be used  before the Best_By date, Butterball Turkey says.

Do Butterball® products contain any allergens like gluten?
Butterball LLC says that food consumers should read the label to see if there is any of the top eight allergens is present in the product.  Gluten is not naturally present in turkey, but it may be present in other products like butterball gravy packets, additional rubs or flavors and in butterball stuffed products.

What’s the best way to thaw a turkey?
You can thaw your turkey in any place as long as the environmental temperature is as lower as 38 oF.  Generally you can thaw your bird in the original wrap in cool water or in a refrigerator.

What’s the adequate way to stuff a turkey?
When you stuff your turkey, make sure your turkey is loosely stuffed.  Too much stuffing may make turkey cooking a little difficult.

What’s the best way to roast a turkey?
It is important to understand the purpose of roasting a turkey.  We are not just to cook the turkey. We want color, flavor and texture and all types of flavor attributes.  For that purpose, we need a few key ingredients, brine with sugar, vegetable stock, salt, water etc. and aromatics.  For safety reasons, you may also use some spices in the turkey brine.

How do I cook a turkey?
Butterball LLC says Turkey consumers should refer to the label on the package.

How do I know how long to cook a turkey per pound?
The only sure way to know when a turkey is well cooked is to check the inner temperature of the bird.  Use a probe thermometer.  You need to cook your turkey to a minimal of 161 to 165 oF with the oven temperature between 315 to 350 oF.

Butterball turkey cooking times per pound depend on the size of your turkey, the oven temperature etc.  Read How long to cook a turkey per pound for more information.

Where can I find my favorite Butterball products?
Butterball LLC says the best way to find your favorite butterball turkey products is to check the company's website to find a local store where you can buy butterball turkey.

Can you odirect me to some butterball turkey recipes?
Buterball turkey does offer a few winning turkey recipes. Here are three most flavorable ones.

Buffalo Deep Fried Turkey

Cajun Fried Turkey

Spice-Rubbed Turkey with Garlic-Pear Puree

For more information about butterball turkey products or if you have more butterball questions, you may use the following information

Turkey Talk-Line®

E-mail talkline@butterball.com now
Call: 1-800-BUTTERBALL
Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
CST (Central Standard Time)

Please note these butterball turkey questions and answers are neither sponsored nor endorsed by Butterball LLC.

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Subscribe to comments feed Comments (7 posted):

Melanie McKennett on 11/26/2009 11:52:51
While my turkey was juicy, it was very tough. I did not brine it and cooked it at 250 until an intternal temp said 165. It was cooked in a roater bag. I a wonder what could cause a roasted turkey to be tough and rubbery.

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Theresa Stivers on 12/17/2009 21:49:38
I live in Maine and brought a pre cooked Turkey family dinner from the Shaws store. A whole 12 lb tyrkey with all the sides It was the best turkey i have ever had it was a butterball wraped just like it was raw but it was fully cooked and it was Butterball turkey i would like to buy this again. And also my co workers. Where can i get this product? I called the Shaws store but they said it only comes with all the sids not just the turkey. Maybe you cann tell me who the vendor is.
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Pete on 12/25/2009 13:36:37
I bought a turkey breast and placed it in my refrigerator section to thaw. The instruction on the breast said it would thaw in 34-48 hours. It is now Christmas morning and it is still now thawed. My fridge temp is 36 degrees which is normal according to the manual. It says it should be from 34-38F. How long can I hold this breast before I can use it? Obviously I am not having turkey for Christmas! Thanks.
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Stephen F on 12/31/2009 19:14:03
@Pete,2 days will usually thaw most whole turkeys. It's likely you have a cold spot in your frig. Refrigerators work just like air conditioners, they blow air colder than what the targeted temperature is to cool down the rest of the air until that temperature is reached. There's a spot in your frig where that air comes out and it's close to freezing if not sub-freezing. Items to close to the refrigerator's internal vents will stay colder or thaw slower. My frig shoots it's air straight down from the back of the frig. If I place a carton of eggs on the top shelf, the row of eggs touching the back of my frig will be completely frozen, though the avg temp reads 36F in there.
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marilyn widman on 08/08/2010 23:31:52
i have a turkey that i had cut in half so it is about 6-7#. i would like to cook it on the grill or the rotisserie. is this possible and how do i do it and for how long??? HELP please.
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