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Butterball Turkey Questions - Updated

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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

Butterball
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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