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All the basics for your bird

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The big day is almost here. Here’s what you need to know to get the turkey on the table.

HOW MUCH TURKEY?

Plan on buying 1 pound of bird for every guest, including children, to have enough for dinner and some leftovers. If you want a lot of leftovers, figure 1 1/2 pounds per person.

THAWING THE BIRD

The easiest way is to thaw in the refrigerator (40 degrees or below). The USDA recommends allowing 24 hours of thaw time…

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