Tip: This page has a separate section for fact sheets about Turkey.
Hock Locks & Other Accoutrements | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
"Say, what's this plastic thing holding the legs together on our turkey? Won't it melt if we put it in the oven?" The answer to this and other questions about functional items producers use on their products.
Stuffing and Food Safety | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Because stuffing (dressing or filling) is an excellent medium for bacterial growth, it's important to handle it safely and cook it to a safe minimum internal temperature as measured with a food thermometer.
Turduckens Require Safe Food Handling | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
"Turducken"—a layered poultry dish especially popular during the holidays— requires safe food handling and thorough cooking to prevent foodborne illness.
Is Pink Turkey Meat Safe? | PDF
The color of cooked meat and poultry is not always a sure sign of its degree of doneness. Only by using a food thermometer can you accurately determine that a meat has reached a safe temperature.
Let's Talk Turkey-A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Every facet of getting a turkey from the store to the dinner table is included—buying fresh vs. frozen, safe thawing methods, stuffing, roasting, storing leftover turkey and reheating the leftovers.
Turkey: Alternate Routes to the Table | PDF | En Español
The conventional oven—although the appliance most often used to cook a whole turkey—is not the only way to get the big bird done and beautiful. There are alternate routes for cooking a turkey safely.
- Turkey Basics: Handling Cooked Dinners | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Recommendations for take-out, deli-prepared, or convenience turkey dinners.
- Turkey Basics: Safe Cooking | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Roasting instructions and approximate cooking times.
- Turkey Basics: Safe Thawing | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
A turkey must be kept at a safe temperature during thawing. Learn three safe methods.
- Turkey Basics: Stuffing | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
For safety, prepare stuffing or dressing for the turkey according to these directions.
Turkey from Farm to Table | PDF
Safe storage, handling, cooking methods and approximate cooking times (traditional and microwave) for turkey products. Information about inspection and labeling is included.