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Are You Ready for Thanksgiving? Try this Quiz

Thanksgiving is approaching. Are you ready to serve a safe and delicious meal in your home or faith community? This quiz is based on information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Turkey Federation. The answers are at the end of the article.

Question 1: About how many pounds of turkey are eaten per person per year in the U.S.? (Turkey is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals, by the way.)

a. 7 pounds
b. 16 pounds
c. 24 pounds

Question 2: Turkey can be thawed safely in the refrigerator or under cold water. When thawing a turkey under cold water, how often should the water be changed?

a. Every 10 minutes
b. Every 30 minutes
c. Every two hours

Question 3: If you would like some leftovers, about how much turkey (including bone weight) should you allow per person?

a. ½ pound
b. 1 to 1½ pounds
c. 3 to 4 pounds

Question 4: True or False. "Dressing" and "stuffing" are interchangeable terms that relate to the bread mixture served with turkey.

Question 5: How many turkeys does the president of the U.S. pardon annually? (Yes, this actually happens.)

a. One
b. Two
c. Three

Question 6: How long can you safely store leftover turkey in the refrigerator?

a. Three to four days
b. Five to six days
c. Seven to 10 days

Question 7: When you are serving food in a buffet line at a family event, at what temperature should the food be maintained? (You might need to use slow cookers to keep food hot or keep food in an oven set on low heat.)

a. 180 degrees Fahrenheit
b. 160 degrees Fahrenheit
c. 140 degrees Fahrenheit

Question 8: Which type of turkey meat is lowest in fat and calories?

a. Dark meat without skin
b. Dark meat with skin
c. White meat without skin

Question 9: To what internal temperature should a whole turkey be cooked, as measured with a food thermometer? (Check temperature in three places: the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the thigh and the innermost part of the wing.)

a. 120 F
b. 165 F
c. 195 F

Question 10: True or False. Sometimes pop-up thermometers prematurely pop up before a turkey has reached a safe internal temperature, so using a food thermometer is recommended.

Answers: 1. b; 2. b; 3. b; 4. True; 5. a; 6. a; 7. c; 8. c; 9. b; 10. True


Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension

Sponsored in part by the Sanford Health Foundation.

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