What Size Bird to Buy
- When buying a turkey, allow 1 pound per adult serving if the bird weighs 12 pounds or less.
- For turkeys over 12 pounds, count on 3/4 pound for each serving.
- For boneless turkey breast, figure 1/2 pound per person.
- If you want leftovers, buy a bird that's 2 to 4 pounds larger than the size you'll need for serving.
"Sell By" Date
- Also check for the "sell by" date on the label of a fresh turkey. This date is the last day the turkey should be sold by the retailer.
- The unopened turkey should maintain its quality and be safe to use for one or two days after the "sell by" date.
- If you buy a frozen turkey, look for packaging that is clean, undamaged, and frost-free.
- Although not all turkeys are labeled indicating whether the bird is a hen or tom, select a hen turkey if you want more white meat and a tom if you want more dark meat.
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