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Centsable Health: Turkey talk in time for Thanksgiving dinner

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It's time to buy the Turkey! If you haven't already found the bird for your Thanksgiving feast we've got important information to help you make that selection on the latest segment of Centsable Health.

Adam Jeppeson, a Fareway Foods meat expert, said turkey is a healthy source of protein. When determining how big of a bird you might need for your event, the rule of thumb is to figure a pound a person. If you have ten people for your Thanksgiving Dinner, you might want to cook a 10 lbs. turkey.

Be thankful that turkey is a staple at many family gatherings this time of year! Turkey is an incredible protein source that is also low in fat. However, make sure to watch your portions size. A 3 ounce serving is about the size of a deck of cards or the size of the palm of your hand.

White meat is lower in fat and calories than dark meat and the skin. White meat without skin generally contains: 161 calories, 30 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fat. Whereas dark meat with skin generally contains 232 calories, 27 grams of protein and 13 g fat.

A fresh turkey will keep in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. Frozen turkey may be stored in the freezer for up to 1 year. Begin thawing turkey up to 5 days in advance.

What to do with leftovers? You should use your turkey leftovers within 3 to 4 days. Freeze leftover turkey for a few months for an easy meal, any time. Cool any leftovers within 2 hours of cooking. Discard any leftovers that were out at room temperature for over 2 hours.

Pot pie, Pizza, Enchiladas, Tacos, Stir fry and Wraps are all great options for leftover turkey.

If you're buying ground turkey from the meat counter, make sure to ask your Fareway meat experts what is used to make the ground turkey. You want a product made from turkey breast only.

A great alternative if serving only a couple people for Thanksgiving is to serve chicken or lean pork to add variety.

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