Find everything turkey in new UW Extension guide

Let’s Talk Turkey makes confident cooks.

In time for Turkey Day, UW Extension has issued a guide to preparing the bird with less stress and guesswork. “Let’s Talk Turkey” covers buying, thawing, roasting, storing and reheating.

“Whether cooking the turkey is a first-time event or annual tradition, there are always questions,” says nutrition and food safety educator Vicki Hayman of UW Extension in Weston County. “Here’s where to find all the basics.”

The new online resource is at Enter “turkey” in the search bar. “Let’s Talk Turkey” offers these tips and more:

  • A frozen turkey CAN be roasted and ready for dinner without thawing.
  • If buying fresh, hold off purchasing a turkey until one or two days before cooking.
  • To avoid contamination in the kitchen, never wash raw poultry.
  • Enjoy watching the pop-up thermometer, but to test for doneness, use a food thermometer.

For more information, contact your UW Extension county office at or call the U.S. Department of Agriculture meat and poultry hotline at 1-888-674-6854.

“Let’s Talk Turkey” is one of more than 500 how-to guides from UW Extension (see that help extend skills in cooking, baking, gardening, landscaping and more. YouTube video series from UW Extension include “From the Ground Up,” “Barnyards and Backyards and Exploring the Nature of Wyoming.”