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HAPPY THANKSGIVING FINGER LAKES! (holiday guide)

Grocery stores are stocking up. Roadways are getting busier. However, there’s still plenty of time to get ready for Thanksgiving – even if you haven’t gotten to the store to pick up all the trimmings.

We found that several grocery stores will be open on Thanksgiving this year. Allowing for a little extra time to get ready for the feast.

Here’s how it breaks down:

Wegmans: Open Thursday until 4 pm; reopens Friday at 7 am.
Tops Friendly Markets: Open Thursday until 5 pm; reopens Friday at 6 am.
Walmart Supercenter: Open 24 hours; will not close at all this weekend.

As we combed through social media for the final additions to our community calendar roundup of Thanksgiving Day events happening in the Finger Lakes – we came across one question that kept re-appearing:

How large of a bird should I purchase for Thanksgiving?

It can be a complicated question, especially if you’re navigating the world of surprise holiday guests! But, there are other important questions, too!

Here are some quick turkey facts that can help us all navigate the Thanksgiving meal:

– Each dinner guest typically equates to 1.5 pounds of turkey, according to the experts. That means 8 guests would require a 12-pound bird, as a 12 guest table would equate to an 18-pounder.

– They say ‘flash frozen’ turkeys are virtually the same (in terms of freshness) as those sold in the category of ‘Fresh Turkeys’.

– Experts say depending on weight, a slow thaw in the refrigerator at 40 degrees over six days is best. If you’re too busy but need to thaw your turkey close to cooking time, consumers can use cold water over the course of 12 hours but the water must be changed every 30 minutes.

Based on cooking at 325 degrees, the following cook times should be followed:

8-12 pound turkey: 2.75 to 3 hours
12-14 pound turkey: 3 to 3.75 hours
14-18 pound turkey: 3.75 to 4.25 hours
18-20 pound turkey: 4.25 to 4.50 hours
20-24 pound turkey: 4.50 to 5 hours

– Nobody likes to be rushed on Thanksgiving – including turkeys. Let the bird rest when it comes out of the oven before serving. It allows the juices inside the meat to redistribute. Keep it covered, let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes, and then serve it up.

– Once the turkey is cooked, and dinner is over – fight the urge to crash immediately. The NTF says that leftovers should be stored away in the refrigerator within 2 hours, and those should be eaten within 4 days – assuming it’s set between 35 and 40 degrees.

– Avoid the hassle of refrigerating leftovers by stowing them away in the freezer. They can last for months this way.

Read more on turkey technique here from the D&C

Looking for something fun to do before dinner on Thanksgiving?

Well, the 8th Annual Canandaigua Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run & Walk takes place in Canandaigua on Thanksgiving Morning at F.A. Baker Memorial Park.

It’s a great event where kids under 12 can race for free – and adults can be signed up in advance for $15 or on race day for $20.

Click here to visit the race website and get all of the details, but the Canandaigua Turkey Trot benefits the Friends of the Ontario ARC Foundation, and the growing number of programs and services for people with disabilities or other challenges.

Registration kicks off at 7:45 am with the 5K run and walk starting at 9 am.

Catch these Community Dinners

Thanksgiving Dinner | 12 pm | Salvation Army | 18 E. Genesee St., Auburn | Call (315) 253 – 0319 for more information.

Seneca County Community Dinner | 11 am – 2 pm | Elks Lodge #992 | 2221 River Road, Seneca Falls | Call (315) 568 – 2433 for more information.

Twin Cities Community Thanksgiving Dinner | 12 pm – 2 pm | Manchester United Methodist Church | 12 State St., Manchester | Call (585) 289 – 9506 for more information.

Check out the FingerLakes1.com Community Calendar, or call your favorite local restaurant for their Thanksgiving Day hours. 

FLX Weekly Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

Thanksgiving Headlines

Tips for prepping, cooking, and saving your Thanksgiving turkey the right way (CNY Central)
Thanksgiving dinner prep used as rehab at Unity Hospital (CNY Central)
What’s better: Whole berry or jellied cranberry sauce? (NY Upstate)
V-F Food Cupboard putting Thanksgiving dinner on Ontario tables (Daily Messenger)
AAA: Gas prices down slightly as Thanksgiving travel begins (Daily Messenger)
Construction-related lane closures suspended for Thanksgiving weekend (Daily Messenger)
10 beers to enjoy, places to drink for Thanksgiving (Democrat & Chronicle)
ROCFLAVORS How much turkey for your Thanksgiving feast? (Democrat & Chronicle)
9 frozen Thanksgiving turkey TV dinners, ranked (The Citizen)
Thanksgiving 2017: Big-name stores staying closed for the holiday (The Citizen)

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