Benicia food stores still have turkeys, but if you are planning on buying the less expensive frozen birds you are running out of time to safely defrost the big bird before its appointment with the oven.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture website, the three safe ways to defrost a frozen turkey are either in cold water, in the microwave or in the refrigerator.
If using the refrigerator method, you should allow 24 hours of defrosting time for every four to five pounds.
If using the cold water method cooks should allow up to 12 hours for the turkey to defrost depending on the weight.
If using a microwave the USDA recommends following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Prices for a turkey purchased in Benicia range from $.59 per pound for a frozen turkey to $3.99 per pound for a fresh, organic, free range turkey.
$1.79 per pound for a fresh turkey
$3.79 per pound for the same fresh turkey cooked and ready to serve.
$.69 per pound for a frozen turkey
$3.99 per pound for an organic, free range, fresh bird
$.59 per pound for a frozen turkey
$1.99 per pound for a fresh turkey
Editor's Note: As of Monday afternoon, Kinder’s was down to one turkey.
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