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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Ohio Turkey Farmers!

Happy Thanksgiving from Ohio turkey farmers!

Thanksgiving is a time that revolves around food, family and friends - of course, the turkey is the star of the show. About 88 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving, so November is a busy time of year for Ohio turkey farmers!

Ohio's turkey farming families want to buy your Thanksgiving feast! Enter to win a $200 grocery gift card. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to get answers to common Thanksgiving questions, from buying a turkey to thawing, prepping, cooking and serving it. Find new tasty turkey recipes, cooking tips and Thanksgiving fun facts, too!

Ohio's Turkey Farming Families

Ohio ranks ninth nationally in turkey farming, with more than 236 million pounds of turkey produced each year. Ohio turkey farmers provide excellent care for their flocks to ensure turkeys are healthy and safe. Turkeys live in barns, where they are protected from weather and predators and always have access to fresh food and water. Ohio's turkey flocks consume more than 252 million pounds of corn each year!

U.S. turkey farmers raise about 242.5 million turkeys per year - nearly one for every person in the country. The average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds - that means about 690 million pounds of turkey is consumed in America on Thanksgiving!

5 Tips for Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

  1. When selecting your turkey, allow one pound of turkey per person for a fresh or frozen bird.
  2. Allow approximately 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds of bird weight for thawing in the refrigerator.
  3. Plan for 20 minutes per pound in a 350 °F oven for a defrosted turkey and 10-15 minutes per pound for a fresh turkey.
  4. Don't take the turkey out of the oven until a meat thermometer reads 165°F at the breast and 175°F at the thigh.
  5. Let a turkey stand for 20 minutes after removing from oven before carving to allow juices to set.

Storing Turkey Leftovers

Storage:   Make sure to remove the stuffing and carve any extra turkey meat from the bones. Leftovers should be stored in shallow containers to reduce air and oxygen exposure. To prevent any possible foodborne illnesses, all leftovers should be refrigerated or frozen within two hours of cooking.

Shelf life:   Leftover turkey and stuffing should be consumed within 3-4 days. While gravy lasts for only one to two days in the refrigerator. Cooked turkey can be kept in the freezer for 3-4 months.

Tasty Turkey Leftovers Recipes

Turn Thanksgiving leftovers into breakfast, lunch or dinner within 4-5 days!