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Cooking Turkey

Cooking Turkey - Alan's FUN Trivia Quizzes powered by ABEBoth fresh and frozen turkeys are used for cooking; as with most foods, fresh turkeys are generally preferred, although they cost more. Around holiday seasons, high demand for fresh turkeys often makes them difficult to purchase without ordering in advance.

Want to make a great tasting turkey? Try this Cooking Turkey quick quiz.

True or False?

1. Defrosting a turkey can become a major endeavor.

2. Turkeys are usually baked or roasted in an oven for several minutes, often while the cook prepares the rest of the meal.

3. To fully cook the dark meat and not overcook the white meat, cooks are brining the whole turkey.

4. In the Northwest, deep frying a turkey has become an important method.

5. The nutritional differences between white meat and dark meat are small.

6. Especially during holiday seasons, rice pudding is served with turkey.

7. For Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada, rhubarb pie is the traditional dessert.


1. True. For the frozen variety, the large size of the turkeys typically used for consumption makes defrosting them a major endeavor: a typically-sized turkey will take several days to properly defrost.

2. False. Turkeys are usually baked or roasted in an oven for several hours, often while the cook prepares t he rest of the meal.

3. True. Sometimes, a turkey is brined before roasting to enhance flavor and moisture content. This is necessary because the dark meat requires a higher temperature to denature all of the myoglobin pigment than the white meat (very low in myoglobin), so that fully cooking the dark meat tends to dry out the breast. Brining makes it possible to fully cook the dark meat without drying the breast meat. Turkeys are sometimes decorated with turkey frills prior to serving.

4. False. In some areas, particularly the American South, they may also be deep fried in hot oil (often peanut oil) for 30 to 45 minutes by using a turkey fryer. Deep frying turkey has become something of a fad, with hazardous consequences for those unprepared to safely handle the large quantities of hot oil required.

5. True. The white meat of turkey is generally considered healthier and less fattening than the dark meat, but the nutritional differences are small.

6. False. Especially during holiday seasons, stuffing, also known as dressing, is traditionally served with turkey. There are many varieties: oatmeal, chestnut, sage and onion (flavored bread), and sausage are the most traditional. Stuffing may either be used to stuff the turkey (as the name implies), or may be cooked separately and served as a side dish.

7. False. For Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada, turkey is typically served stuffed or with dressing (on the side), with cranberry sauce and gravy. Common complementary dishes include mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, squash, and sweet potatoes. Pie is the usual dessert, pumpkin being most traditional, apple or pecan also being popular.

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