Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I determine what size turkey to buy?

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Check out our calculator to determine the Butterball® Turkey size range to purchase for your holiday meal.

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What are some new ways I can prepare my turkey?

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Check out our recipes section to search for a variety of recipes to include in your holiday meal.

Download our Cookbook App for additional recipes sure to please your family and friends.

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What can I do to prevent a dry turkey?

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  • Check the date – make sure your frozen turkey was purchased within 2 years or make sure your fresh turkey is not beyond the sell-by-date as both of these factors could impact the quality of your turkey.
  • Storing turkey – make sure to keep your frozen turkey in a deep freeze rather than a frost free refrigerator as freezer burn could result in a dry turkey. In addition, make sure the packaging does not have any tears or holes.
  • Thaw properly – How you thaw your turkey can make a big impact. There are a couple of different ways to do so, check out our How To Thaw page to learn more.
  • Cooking process – cooking at a high temperature and too long can result in a dry turkey.  Butterball has a variety of ways to cook a turkey, visit our How To's section to learn about different cooking methods.

Also, check out the Why Butterball® Turkeys are the Best Available page to learn about how our turkeys are tender and juicy.

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What type of thermometer is best for cooking a turkey?

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There are a variety of different meat thermometers and they range in price.  The most important factor when choosing is accuracy.  Test your thermometer before using in your turkey to ensure it gives you an accurate temperature read to reduce the risk of over or under cooking.  When checking for doneness, always use a properly calibrated meat thermometer which should read at least 165o in the breast and 180o in the thigh.

Learn more about how to check your turkey for doneness or read incredibly easy tips for placing the meat thermometer in the turkey correctly.

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What are giblets?

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Giblets are the heart, liver and gizzard of the turkey. These parts should be removed from the turkey cavity before cooking but can be used to make rich, flavorful gravy. See our Holiday Turkey with Giblet Gravy recipe for more details or check out our Why Butterball® Turkeys are the Best Available page to learn about the cook proof bag our giblets come in.

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How do I store leftovers?

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Check out our Four Ts of Food Safety for details on how and how long to store turkey leftovers. You can also find detailed storage instructions on each of our product pages.