Grocery Shopping Tips
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
Now that the holidays are upon us, family and friends are gathering to celebrate. Whether it is someone you see daily, occasionally, or just on holidays, it's a special time! Make the most of your time together and TALK .......... put away the electronics etc., and talk.
Of utmost importance at these events is the gathering around the table. Whether you have a Dining Room Table, an adult's table, or a kid's table, this is a special time for everyone!
Unlike our forefathers, we do not have to go out back and bring in the goods. Instead, we go to the local grocery/supermarket, where an assemblage of goods awaits us. It is the first step and an essential pre-occurrence to the holiday gathering. It does not matter if it's at your home and you are the host, cook, server etc., or at a loved one's home, and you are making that appearance by bringing your specialty dish or dessert. It starts at the 'grocery store.'
We have all heard that "food preparation is a labor of love." Well, selecting the components for this labor delivers the satisfaction of a job well done. This article concentrates on TURKEYS, the bird of choice during the holidays.
If you are analytic, you might think: Fresh or frozen, and how big? Also, there are two labels you should not pay extra for when getting your bird: 'no hormones' and 'cage-free.' No hormones are meaningless because all turkeys sold in the US are grown without added hormones, and cage-free is an ambiguous term.
Fresh vs. Frozen
According to the National Turkey Federation, there is no difference between fresh and frozen.
Turkeys can be rated by weight: small turkeys weigh less than 12 pounds, and large ones are 15 to 20 pounds and up. To figure your purchase size, figure one pound per person or one and a half pounds per person to give you leftovers.
Note: It is illegal to give turkeys hormones. If you are concerned about antibiotics, read the label for 'antibiotic-free' or raised without 'antibiotics.'
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