Here are a few ways Thanksgiving cooks can make this year's meal even better:

Thawing with Ease: Thawing in the refrigerator is the recommended method. Allow at least one day of thawing for every four pounds of turkey. However, if your turkey is still frozen and you're short on time, submerge the turkey in its' unopened wrapper in cold water allowing 30 minutes of thaw time per pound.

Food Safety 101: Practice good food safety procedures: wash hands often; keep raw turkey and ready-to-eat foods separated; cook foods to proper temperatures – the turkey should reach minimums of 180° F (82°C) deep in the thigh, and 165° F (74°C) in the center of the stuffing; also, refrigerate cooked turkey after two hours at room temperature.

It's All About How You Cook It: The Butterball turkey talk-line experts recommend the open pan roasting method using a flat rack in a shallow pan so the turkey cooks evenly. If you don't have a flat rack, take a long piece of aluminum foil and roll it, then wrap in a circle and place at the bottom of

the pan – the turkey is elevated for even cooking and clean up is easy.

 

Bites of Wisdom: Recipes don't have to be trendy or complicated to impress guests. Butterball's master chef, Tony Seta, suggests taking traditional mashed potatoes and adding simple ingredients like bacon and asiago cheese – that will create a little extra flavour. P.S. Don't anticipate any leftovers.

Ask for Help: If you need more help, ask for advice from the turkey talk-line experts at 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372). The talk-line experts are there to answer all your turkey questions and help you make this the best Thanksgiving feast ever.

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