Gobble, Gobble! It's the Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Quiz

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Gobble, Gobble! It's the Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Quiz
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Whether they're roasted, salted or deep fried, Americans love their Thanksgiving turkeys. While no one knows whether the Pilgrims chowed down on turkey during the first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621, there's no question that the bird serves as the star of the show at contemporary holiday feasts. Think you know all their is to know about the history and significance of this feathered fowl? Take our Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Quiz to find out!
What's the minimum internal temperature that a roasted turkey must reach before it's safe to serve?
95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius)
130 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4 degrees Celsius)
165 degrees Fahrenheit (73.8 degrees Celsius)
You want your turkey to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (73.8 Celsius). However, the bird will overcook if you keep it in the oven until it reaches that temp. Pull the bird out at 155 or 160 degrees, as the internal temperature will rise another 5-10 degrees as it sits.

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When did Turtle Island foods begin producing Tofurky, a vegetarian turkey made from soy and wheat gluten?
1975
1985
1995
Tofurky made its debut in 1995. While you don't have to swap your turkey for a tofu version, a few meatless dishes can make vegetarian guests feel welcome.

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How much time should you set aside to thaw your turkey in the refrigerator?
8 hours per 5 pounds of bird
24 hours per 5 pounds of bird
A 20-pound frozen turkey needs four full days of thawing time before it's ready for cooking, as it takes about 24 hours to thaw 5 pounds of bird.
48 hours per 5 pounds of bird

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How much time should you set aside to cook a 16 to 20 pound turkey?
4 to 5 hours
Plan on about an hour of cooking time for every 4 to 5 pounds of bird, so a 16 to 20 pound turkey should sit in the oven for about 4 to 5 hours before it's ready to eat.
6 to 8 hours
8 to 10 hours

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How many pounds of turkey should you plan to prepare for each guest?
one-half pound per person
one pound per person
When cooking a whole turkey, allow for about one pound of bird per person.
two pounds per person

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When's the best time to stuff a turkey?
immediately before cooking
Stuff your turkey just before cooking to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
the night before Thanksgiving
about an hour before it's done cooking

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How much extra time should you cook a turkey if you've chosen to stuff it?
no extra time needed
5 to 7 minutes per pound
Add 5 to 7 minutes per pound when cooking a stuffed turkey.
30 minutes per pound

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How much turkey should you plan per person if you're serving a breast instead of a whole bird?
1/4 pound per person
3/4 pound per person
Plan for 3/4 pounds per person, or just 1/2 pound per person if you're serving a boneless breast.
1 pound per person

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This Founding Father believed that the wild turkey, not the bald eagle, should be the national bird of the United States.
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Franklin
In a letter to his daughter written in 1784, Benjamin Franklin expressed his disappointment that the turkey wasn't selected as America's national bird.
George Washington

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This U.S. state holds claim to Big Tom, the world's largest turkey monument.
Montana
Minnesota
Visitors to Frazee, Minnesota flock to this popular roadside attraction.
Alabama

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What name is given to a deboned Thanksgiving turkey stuffed with boneless duck and chicken?
turkey-duck
turducken
Try a turducken for a unique twist on the traditional turkey dinner.
Thanksgiving combo pack

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Which president was the first to offer an official pardon to a turkey?
Harry Truman
John F. Kennedy
George H. W. Bush
In 1989, George H. W. Bush saved the life of a turkey in the first official White House Turkey Pardon. There had been birds spared by presidents before, but none received an official pardon.

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How many calories does the average person consume during Thanksgiving dinner?
1,000
2,500
4,500
The average Thanksgiving meal includes as many as 4,500 calories.

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In a classic episode of the sitcom "Friends," which character tried to squash Thanksgiving drama by wearing a turkey on her head?
Phoebe
Rachel
Monica
Monica wore a raw turkey on her head, complete with sunglasses, in an effort to end a fight with Chandler.

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How much does the average family's Thanksgiving turkey weigh?
8 pounds
10 pounds
15 pounds
The average turkey served on Thanksgiving weighs 15 pounds.

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How many turkeys are eaten each year in the U.S.?
100 million
180 million
280 million
Americans consume roughly 280 million turkeys annually, around 45 million of which wind up on Thanksgiving tables.

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Today, we snap wishbones while making a wish, but Europeans believed breaking these bones would allow them to _____.
predict the weather
Snapping the wishbone of the Thanksgiving turkey is a common tradition in the U.S., but Europeans used to break the wishbones of geese to predict the weather.
have good luck
find true love

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What percentage of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving?
50 percent
75 percent
95 percent
Whether it's roasted, fried or stuffed, Americans love their holiday turkey. Approximately 95 percent of us consume turkey meat on Thanksgiving.

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Which president officially declared the fourth Thursday in November as the Thanksgiving holiday?
Abraham Lincoln
Franklin D. Roosevelt
In 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt set the fourth Thursday in November as the official Thanksgiving holiday.
John F. Kennedy

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Which classic novel helped cement the turkey's status as the holiday entrée of choice?
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" popularized turkeys as the main dish of holiday meals. Scrooge gave a turkey to the Cratchits for their Christmas dinner.
Wuthering Heights
Oliver Twist

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