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Happy Thanksgiving!

By Michael Aaron Bepko - Community Manager, November 25, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Michael Aaron Bepko - Community Manager
Here's wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Still facing the bird with no clue how to cook it? Got a finished turkey and unsure how to carve it? Missing an ingredient and need a last minute substitution? Check out ourHoliday Guides & Tips for some help!
Category: Holidays 2010




Christy Guilfoyle says ...
I bought the southern thanksgiving for 8 with all the trimmings but there are no cooking instructions. I'm trying to figure out when to put the bourbon glaze on the turkey (it's a fresh turkey, ready for the oven, with the glaze separate). When do I put it on? At the beginning? The end? I'm thinking maybe in the last hour? It's just a guess though. Any ideas? I called the Fairfax store but they just told me to go online and look in the holiday tips section of your site and I can't find it. I had to search online for instructions for the side dishes. I think something must have been left out of my box yesterday. (Thank you other stores for posting information online! If anyone else needs directions: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/MA/downloads/HolidayReheat.pdf or http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/MW/downloads/ReheatingInstructions.pdf)
11/25/2010 8:19:43 AM CST
Bob says ...
In your guide to cooking a turkey, you should give an oven temperature. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/holidays/guides/turkey.php
11/25/2010 8:35:41 AM CST
Bob says ...
Funny thing - you guys forgot to put in a Temp to cook the bird for? I saw 165 degrees but after 20 hours my turkey is still not done! hehehehe Happy Thanksgiving !! I will use 325 Cooking a Perfect Turkey Preparing and serving a centerpiece turkey can create anxiety for even the most seasoned cook. Each year, turkey hotlines receive thousands of calls from desperate cooks looking for answers on everything from cooking to carving. We’ve put together the following cooking tips and recipes to help guide your once-a-year turkey preparations and assure success.
11/25/2010 12:47:41 PM CST
Florence Prosi says ...
We specically ordered a FRESH - UNFROZEN turkey for our Thanksgiving. We picked up the bird the day before and wanted to brine it overnight. To our suprise, the bird was frozen solid. We were unable to remove the contents stored within the bird & almost broke our fingertips trying. We called the local store because they told us we should expect just a thin layer of ice on the surface of the bird. We complained to the manager, who said he would deliver another FRESH UNFROZEN bird immediately & exchange it. I thank him for this, but they 2nd bird was still frozen, but not as solidly as the first. In addition, he left the frozen bird which we had trouble storing. We thank him for the 2nd bird, but why were we told that the turkey was FRESH & UNFROZEN? Why did we have to pay extra for this supposedly FRESH bird? How many other customers were in the same predicament as we were, but did not complain? How many others were overcharged for a supposdely FRESH & UNFROZEN turkey? I now must question other claims from Whole Foods as to ORGANIC - NATURAL - etc. Can I believe your other claims?
11/25/2010 3:18:57 PM CST
Mattel says ...
Our 'oven-ready turkey breast' from WF was beautifully packed (wrapped in foil, placed in a large foil pan which was tastefully wrapped in plastic and tied with a green ribbon) inside a large cardboard box. Unfortunately, the package did not contain cooking instructions. This problem was easily solved by calling the store on Thanksgiving morning. Greg of prepared foods very kindly read the instructions to us and gave us tips on calibrating the meat thermometer. Then we were on our own. Question 1: Should the turkey breasst be cooked inside the foil pack in the foil tray or without the foil pack in the foil tray? We compromised by taking it out of the foil pack, placing it in the foil tray and covering it with the foil from the pack. Question 2: How long to cook it. Greg's instructions were to check the interior temperature after 30 minutes of cooking at 350 degrees F, and then continue checking the interior temperature at 10 minute intervals until it reached 165-170 degrees F. That process took 1h 45 minutes in our convection oven. Question 3: Whether or not to turn the turkey breast so that the underside would brown. We decided to turn it and let it cook for an additional 15 minutes. Question 4: Was the provided foil pan too large for the turkey breast? We thought it might have fared better (and perhaps cooked faster) in a smaller pan. Next time, we will probably use a smaller pan - or perhaps WF could put the turkey breast in a smaller foil pan. Then the instructions were to let it rest for 15-20 minutes before carving. The entire process took 2 h 20 min. When we finally got to the point of eating it, the turkey breast was absolutely delicious with traditional sage dressing, wild mushroom gravy and cranberry-apple relish. Final question: the turkey breast cooled during the 15-20 minutes post-cooking rest period. It may probably have tasted even better it if was hot. Should/could we have reheated it after carving and before eating it? Or should it be eaten 'as is'? We opted to eat it 'as is' with hot gravy and hot stuffing. Any comments? Final comments. With the 'oven-ready' turkey breast, would WF please include (a) detailed cooking instructions (b) the uncooked weight of the turkey breast (c) estimated cooking time per lb or kg. This would have saved us some anxious moments and greatly enhanced our enjoyment of the ultimately delicious meal. Thanks very much and Happy Thanksgiving!
11/25/2010 7:00:32 PM CST
Jennifer is Always Sick says ...
Happy Thanksgiving. I'm Thankful for Whole Foods. Without you, we wouldn't have had a delicious, dairy free green bean casserole.
11/25/2010 10:08:58 PM CST
I_have_one_too says ...
Anyone "facing the bird" should bear in mind that the bird they're facing once had a face.
11/26/2010 2:17:50 PM CST
Tracey says ...
Hope you all had a great thanksgiving! Thanks for those links, I'll have to remember them for next year
11/28/2010 11:08:40 PM CST