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Chef Timineri’s Recommendations for Turkey and Fixin’s

November 20, 2012

Fresh herbs and ingredients can really bring out the best in a turkey, said Chef Justin Timineri with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Here are some of Timineri’s tips on turkey:

  • allow enough time for your turkey to thaw in the refrigerator – about one day for every five pounds of turkey.
  • when it comes to stuffing, he prefers to do that outside of the turkey. Turkey is supposed to be cooked to 165 degrees, “but when you stuff it, the stuffing also needs to be 165 degrees. But by the time it reaches that temperature, the turkey is at about 185 degrees and that’s overdone.
  • If you still want your turkey to have a great flavor, Timineri recommends putting fresh vegetables – carrots, onions and bell peppers – inside the turkey before roasting it in the oven. There are also a variety of vegetables in season for side dishes.

There are a lot of great vegetables that are in season right now, grown in Florida that would make for a great addition to your Thanksgiving meal!

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