Tom Turkey has been working with DES to post over 75 F.A.Q. questions relating to Thanksgiving and turkeys.
Although Tom the Turkey does not condone the cooking and eating of turkeys, he does know that many people do this during the holdiays, so here is some information on cooking turkeys.
According to Butterball corporation, they recommend that you thaw a wrapped turkey in the refrigerator for about one day per 4lbs.
This allows the stuffing to cool to a temperature of 165F, a better serving temperature.
To prevent it from burning.
Yes. You should cook your stuffing right before you are ready to put it into the turkey.
It is mostly for decoration since it is so hard and because of all of the different colors.
According to Butterball, they say the thigh.
When they can bounce 4 inches.
This is true. These are the ones also used to make the cranberry sauce you can buy in cans.
There were two ways. One was to roast it using strings and skewers and spinning it vertically. The other was done by using a "tin kitchen" which was set inside the hearth and allowed the turkey to be cooked on a spit and turned. The tin kitchen was only for the more wealthy since it cost $3 back then, which was equivalent to a week's pay.
It allowed you to catch the drippings in a pan and make gravy.