Purchase one pound of turkey per person to be served. This formula
allows for the holiday meal plus a little left over for the prized
Ensure that the packaging is intact and avoid purchasing a bird
with packaging that has rips or tears.
Save on supermarket specials by purchasing more than one turkey.
A whole frozen turkey may be stored in your freezer for up to 12
Select the size of turkey based on number of servings needed. There
is no appreciable difference between female (hen) and male (tom)
turkeys in tenderness, white/dark meat ratio or other eating
qualities. Hens typically weigh between 14 to 16 pounds and toms
15 pounds on up, so choose the size which best fits the number of
dinner guests you expect.
Select alternative turkey cuts if you are having a small gathering
for the holiday. Other turkey products that are readily available
include a turkey breast, tenderloins, cutlets, drumsticks or
thighs. Or ask your butcher to cut a whole fresh bird in two
halves, roast one half and freeze the other half for a later