Last week I provided tips for holiday gatherings during the COVID-19 era and ways to stay engaged even if in a virtual setting. One thing that doesn’t have to look different is some of the traditional holiday foods. Trade recipes with family members so you can learn to make that special dish that someone normally brings. If the dish is too large, only make half of the recipe. Worried that a turkey will be too big for your family? Consider making a large one and freezing it so you have meals ready to go for other meals.
The American Farm Bureau Federation annually calculates the cost of a Thanksgiving meal to serve 10 people with plenty for leftovers. This year, with a traditional Thanksgiving meal, Farm Bureau estimated a meal total of $46.90 which is less that $2.00 from last year. This is largely due to retail turkey prices being the lowest since 2010. Included in the meal is a 16-lb. turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and beverages of coffee and milk. You can thank our American farmers and ranchers who are able to provide us the bounty of safe and affordable food we are able to consume even through a pandemic. Another interesting fact about Thanksgiving include that 88% of Americans are expected to be feasting on turkey for Thanksgiving this year (National Turkey Federation).
Now let’s talk trivia:
Q: Why are turkeys raised? A: Because of their excellent quality of meat and eggs
Q: What is a male turkey called? A: Tom
Q: What is a female turkey called? A: A Hen
Q: What sound do turkeys make? A: Only tom turkeys gobble; the female makes a clucking sound.
Q: How many feathers does a turkey have at maturity? A: 3,500 feathers
Q: How big was the heaviest turkey ever raised? A: 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog
Q: Which gender of turkeys are usually consumed whole? A: Hens (females) are usually sold as whole birds. Toms (males) are processed into turkey sausage, turkey franks, tenderloins, cutlets and deli meats.
Q: How long does it take a turkey to reach market size? A: Hens usually grow for 16 weeks and is 8-16 lbs. when processed while tom usually takes 19 weeks to reach market weight and weighs 24 lbs. Large toms (24-40 lbs. are a few weeks older.
Regardless of what you do this Thanksgiving, remember to be thankful for what really matters and stay safe this year.