Buying a Turkey
Buying a turkey can be a big deal at holiday time. You can purchase an accepted one at your local store or you can locate a turkey farmer in your area.
If you opt for a local fresh turkey, free of all the injected, pre-basting solutions or broths, make sure to order the bird early.
The National Turkey Federation says there is no quality difference between fresh and frozen turkey. We can only assume they are also referring to “refrigerator” turkeys. Keep in mind that frozen turkeys take a long time to thaw – one day for every five pounds!!
The key is to get a bird that will feed your family nicely with meat left over for those after-Thanksgiving casseroles. The normal guide to go by is 2 pounds per person (this will give you leftovers).