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The Role of Sodium Nitrite

Sodium Nitrite: The Facts The purpose of this fact sheet is to educate our Butterball Consumers and Customers about the fundamental role of nitrite in biology in order to address unfounded fears and concerns about the addition of sodium nitrite to some of our turkey products.   Why is sodium nitrite used in some Butterball...
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How to Smoke a Turkey

This is custom heading element Get an amazing smoked flavour while leaving your oven free for other dishes. Follow the instructions below for a water or electric smoker and get a taste unlike any other. SMOKING TIP For food safety, your turkey must pass through a critical range of 40° F to 140° F in...
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How to Make a Turkey Lifter

This is custom heading element A lot of cooks experience a “Hmmmm… How do I do that?” moment when they are about to move a hot turkey from the roasting pan to the platter. A simple turkey lifter, made from a few lengths of kitchen twine, offers a simple solution. Just remember: No matter how...
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HOW TO READ DATE CODES

This is custom heading element (FROZEN ITEMS) As a general rule, you can keep a Frozen Butterball Turkey in its’ original packaging for a minimum 2-year period. The turkey must remain frozen. The packaging must be without tears or holes and the vacuum seal intact. A production date code (beginning with 25) should be printed...
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Sustainability

This is custom heading element At Butterball/Exceldor we are committed to environmental stewardship and social responsibility in all facets of our business. The food business is entirely dependent on the availability of natural resources and we are committed to doing our part to address the challenges of climate change and  energy and water conservation. We have established...
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How do you safely handle a turkey?

This is custom heading element Follow these simple food safety guidelines: Thaw frozen turkey in the refrigerator or cold water. Keep thawed or fresh turkey in the refrigerator. Prevent uncooked juices from dripping onto other foods in the refrigerator by placing packaged turkey on a tray. Thawed turkey may be kept in the refrigerator up...
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Is a pre-stuffed turkey safe?

This is custom heading element Yes. Butterball turkeys are stuffed immediately after processing. Then they are blast-frozen so there is no opportunity for bacterial growth. The turkey is cooked from frozen so again there is no opportunity for bacterial growth. But to be absolutely sure, your turkey’s safe to eat, just follow these roasting directions:...
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How to prepare a turkey for roasting

This is custom heading element Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C). Remove original plastic wrapper. Remove the neck and giblets from the body and neck cavities. Drain any juices and pat dry with paper towels. Stuff just before roasting. (Stuffing ingredients may be prepared earlier.) If you un-tucked the legs for rinsing or stuffing, tuck them...
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How do I know when my turkey is done?

This is custom heading element Turkey is cooked when the temperature reaches minimum 180°F/82°C in the thigh and minimum 165°F/74°C in the center of the stuffing.
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How to prepare a turkey for cooking

This is custom heading element Thaw your frozen turkey in the refrigerator. Place your turkey on a tray to prevent uncooked juices from dripping onto other foods. Cook your turkey within four days of thawing. Roast a fresh turkey as soon as possible, but no later than the “Best Before” date on the package. Place...
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What’s the best way to stuff a turkey?

This is custom heading element Since your preparation involves raw food ingredients, follow proper food safety and handling procedures to ensure a safe turkey every time. To stuff your turkey: Prepare your stuffing just before you place it in the turkey. Use only cooked ingredients, including cooked meats and seafood and use pasteurized egg products....
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How do I store leftover turkey?

This is custom heading element Within two hours of roasting, remove stuffing from your turkey and carve meat off the bones. Refrigerator Storage: Wrap turkey and stuffing separately and consume it within three days. Frozen Storage: Wrap turkey and stuffing separately in heavy foil, freezer wrap or in freezer-bags. For optimum flavor, use stuffing within...
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How do I use a meat thermometer?

This is custom heading element Insert your oven-safe meat thermometer in the thigh, not touching bone, before placing your bird in the oven. Position it in so you can read while the turkey is roasting. If your thermometer isn’t oven-safe, don’t leave it in the turkey during roasting. Check temperatures by inserting the tip in...
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Oven Safe Leg Holder

This is custom heading element Some Butterball turkeys now have an oven safe device to secure the legs. Features Non Metallic Designed using food grade material, the leg holder securely keeps the legs of a turkey close to the body. The legs can easily be removed from the device for rinsing and stuffing the turkey...
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How to thaw a turkey

This is custom heading element Refrigerator thawing is recommended but, to save time you can submerge your turkey in cold water. Do not thaw at room temperature as illness causing bacteria may grow. Refrigerator Thawing You can thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator. Simply place your bird in its unopened wrapper breast-side up on...
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