Thanksgiving Dinner Plate


Celebrate Thanksgiving with Ohio Turkey Farmers!

Happy Thanksgiving from Ohio turkey farmers!

To celebrate the season, we're giving you a chance to win a $200 grocery gift card to purchase your Thanksgiving feast! Click here to enter.

In addition, we'll be hosting an #OhioTalksTurkey Twitter chat on Wednesday, November 15 from 9-10 p.m. ET, giving you a chance to get your turkey questions answered, learn signature leftover recipes and have a chance to win everything you need to make the perfect Thanksgiving feast. Be sure to join us by following the link here.

Ohio's Turkey Farming Families

Did you know Ohio ranks ninth nationally in turkey production with more than 236 million pounds of turkey produced each year? Nearly 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving.

Ohio turkey farmers are committed to providing safe, affordable food for consumers and caring for their flocks and the environment during the holidays and all year-long. Turkeys live in barns, where they are protected from weather and predators and always have access to fresh food and water. Ohio's turkey flocks consume more than 4.4 million bushels of corn each year - that's 252 million pounds!

National Turkey Farming Facts

Nationally, U.S. turkey farmers produce nearly one turkey for every person in the country. The average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving is 16 pounds, so approximately 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving in 2016.

Last year, more than 219 million turkeys were served for meals in the United States with an estimated 44 million enjoyed at Thanksgiving.

5 Tips for Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

  1. When purchasing the perfect turkey, allow one pound of turkey per person for a fresh or frozen bird. This will provide enough for dinner and sufficient leftovers.
  2. If using a frozen turkey, allow approximately 24 hours for every 4 pounds of bird weight for thawing in the refrigerator.
  3. Plan to cook the Thanksgiving turkey for 20 minutes per pound in a 325 degrees F oven for a defrosted or fresh turkey.
  4. Remove turkey from the oven when a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F at the breast and 175 degrees F at the thigh.
  5. Let turkey stand for 20 minutes after removing from the oven before carving to allow juices to set.

Food Safety Tips for Turkey Leftovers

Storage:   When dinner is over, make sure to remove the stuffing from the turkey and carve any extra turkey meat from the bones. Store leftovers in shallow containers to reduce air and oxygen exposure. To prevent any possible foodborne illnesses, all leftovers should be refrigerated or frozen within two hours of cooking.

Shelf life:   Refrigerated leftover turkey and stuffing should be consumed within 3-4 days. Frozen leftover turkey will last for 3-4 months.

Turkey Leftover Recipes

Wondering what to do with your turkey leftovers? Check out a few of our favorite recipes perfect for transforming leftovers into family favorites!