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Talking about Turkey cooking tips for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is days away and, if you haven't already, it's time to start talking turkey.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College culinary instructor Cory Barrett said t's extremely important to thaw a frozen turkey under refrigeration. If it is sitting out on the counter at room temperature, pop it in the fridge to avoid bacteria growing that could sicken guests.

On average, plan for 24 hours per pound of bird to thaw.

Barrett said, “If you haven't thawed your turkey, you're probably in a little trouble. You should have already done that.”

There are a variety of ways to cook your turkey once Thanksgiving arrives. Regardless of what is done, Barrett said many at home chefs forget one thing.

Barret said, “When cooking the turkey after you've reached the optimal temperature, one of the most important aspects I think a lot of people forget is to take the bird out of the oven and let it rest for a while. You can let it rest up to an hour, the bird will stay warm and it will retain a lot of the juices.”

Barrett said the sooner you carve your bird, the more juice it will lose.

And for all the parents getting pranked by the viral turkey day challenge. Here is a tip for how long it takes to microwave a 20-pound turkey.

Barrett said, “Oh God, don't put your turkey in the microwave! If you're at that point, just go buy something that's already cooked, it's already done, OK? Let's just let it go. You don't want to microwave your turkey.”

Newschanenl 3’s Jacob Berent, however, microwaved a turkey. The rest of the morning crew also tried their own techniques to cook a bird.

Every November since 1981, Butterball has set up the Turkey Talk-Line, 1-800-BUTTERBALL, to answer turkey related questions from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 21 and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

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