Frequently Asked Questions about Thanksgiving

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Can I roast my turkey the day before Thanksgiving then reheat it?

Never partially roast a turkey the day before to save on cooking time the next day. This creates the perfect environment for bacterial growth.

However, you can fully roast a turkey the day before, and heat it for Thanksgiving dinner. Carve the bird and layer the meat in a baking dish. Seal the baking dish with foil to reduce moisture loss, and heat in a 350 degree F oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

[Related: Turkey Cooking Guide: How to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving bird]

Breast meat has a greater likelihood of drying out, so place it under the dark meat, and consider covering it with gravy or spritzing with a small amount of turkey stock.

Can I stuff the turkey the night before baking?

You should never stuff a bird hours before roasting, as the cavity can provide an environment for bacteria to grow. When cooking stuffing in a turkey, it is always best to prepare it just before filling and roasting the bird.

[Related: Quiz: How much do you know about cooking a turkey?]

How long can cooked turkey stay out at room temperature?

Turkey, or any cooked food, should not be left out for more than 2 hours. Any longer than that and bacteria will start to develop, leading to food-borne illness. No one wants that. See more about refrigerating, freezing, and reheating Thanksgiving leftovers.

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How do I convert cups to grams or grams to cups?

Measuring your ingredients by weight (grams) can help make your ingredient amounts are accurate. It’s especially true in baking—think how much flour you can fit in a measuring cup depending on how much you pack it. Click here to view's conversion charts.

I'm done with my pumpkin and have all these leftover seeds? What can I do with them?

When you’re baking with pumpkins, don’t toss the seeds. Toast them instead! Change them up with sweet or savory flavors for delicious autumn snacking. Here’s how to get the best results when roasting pumpkin seeds.

I want to make Thanksgiving healthier this year. How can I?

Preparing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that’s lower in fat and calories but still thrills the crowd isn’t hard. All it takes is a few ingredient substitutions and some clever fat-busting techniques. Click here to view a full list!

I messed up my food! How can I fix it?

Dry turkey? Lumpy gravy? Burnt pie? Don’t panic! When Thanksgiving cooking disasters strike, these easy workarounds will help you fix your feast.

I don't know how to safely thaw a frozen turkey. What should I do?

Before you can turn a rock-hard frozen turkey into the star player at your Thanksgiving feast, you’re going to have to thaw that big bird. There are three ways you can safely thaw frozen turkey: slow, medium, and fast. Take a look at these guidelines and choose the method and timeline that works best for you!

What's the best way to stuff a turkey?

It’s the centerpiece of many a holiday table: The perfectly roasted and stuffed turkey. Here’s your step-by-step guide to stuffing a turkey.

How do you truss a turkey?

Do you and your Thanksgiving turkey have truss issues? Let’s discuss. There are many different ways to truss turkey for roasting, and some are a lot more complicated than others. Here's an easy way to get the job done.

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