If you’re planning a Thanksgiving feast, now is the time to be shopping for a turkey. Many grocery stores in the Triangle have low prices on frozen turkeys, so consider buying a second one to put in your freezer if you have room. But don’t do like I did last year and put it in the freezer and forget about it all year.
Here are some of the advertised prices on turkeys at Triangle stores. (Know of other good deals? Leave a comment.) Keep in mind that you might have to make an additional purchase to get the low price. Also, even if it doesn’t say so below, you might need a loyalty card.
Also, prices might vary depending on the store location.
We will update this list as weekly ads get refreshed.
Since it takes several days to defrost a turkey in the refrigerator, don’t wait to the last minute.
Turkey thawing and cooking guidelines and tips
What size turkey should I buy?
The rule of thumb is one pound of turkey per person. More if you want leftovers.
How long does it take to defrost a turkey?
Butterball says one day of thawing in the refrigerator per four pounds. Put the turkey breast side up, in an unopened wrapper on a tray.
If you are a last minute kind of person, you can thaw the turkey in cold water for at least 30 minutes per pound. Put the turkey breast down in the unopened wrapper, completely submerged in water and change the water every 30 minutes. Why do you need to put the turkey breast side down if you thaw in water, but breast side up if you thaw in the refrigerator? That’s a question best left to the experts.
How to roast a turkey
This from Butterball:
- Preheat oven to 325° F. Drain juices and pat dry with clean paper towels.
- Place turkey breast side up on a flat rack in a shallow roasting pan 2 to 2½ inches deep.
- Turn the wings back to hold the neck skin in place. (Tucking the wings will help stabilize the turkey in the pan and when carving) Brush or spray skin lightly with vegetable or cooking oil for best appearance.
- Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer deep into the lower part of the thigh without touching the bone. When the thigh is up to temperature, and if the turkey is stuffed, move the thermometer to the center of the stuffing.
- Place your turkey in the oven.
- When the turkey is about ⅔ done, loosely cover breast and top of drumsticks with a piece of foil to prevent overcooking.
- Your turkey is done when the temperature with a meat thermometer is 180° F in thigh and 165° F in breast or stuffing.
- Lift turkey onto platter, and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.
How long does it take to cook a turkey?
Visit Butterball for a cooking time chart, which depends on the weight of the turkey and whether or not it’s stuffed.
Best prices on turkeys in the Triangle
Deals might vary by location.
Sign up for Ibotta (follow above link for all info) and you will get cash back when you purchase the following at Walmart:
- Butterball turkey breast roast (eligible for $9.98 cash back)
- McCormick Gravy pouch ($1.12 cash back)
- Great Value Stuffing Mix (.82 cash back)
- Idahoan Mashed Potatoes ($1.88 cash back)
- Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (.98 cash back)
- Great Value Cranberry Sauce (.98 cash back)
- Great Value Green Beans ($1.34 cash back)
- French’s Crispy Fried Onions ($1.92 cash back)
- Coco-Cola 2-liter bottle ($1.25 cash back)
- Frozen turkey: 29 cents a pound, 10 pounds or more, with minimum $35 purchase. Limit 2. MVP card required.
- November 11-26
- Harris Teeter 10-24 pound fresh turkey: 99 cents a pound
- HT Spiral Sliced Half Bone-In Honey Glazed Ham, $1.99 a pound
- HT Traders Spiral Sliced Half Bone-In Hickory Smoked Ham: $2.99 a pound
- Publix young turkey, frozen, 10-24 pounds: 39 cents a pound.
- November 18-25
- Honeysucke Grade A Frozen Turkey, 10 pounds and up: 59 cents a pound
- Butterball Grade A Frozen Turkey, 10 pounds and up: 99 cents a pound
- Through November 25
- Butterball Whole Turkey 10-22 pounds, frozen: 87 cents a pound
- November 18-24
- Good & Gather Premium Frozen Whole Turkey: 79 cents a pound. Limit 2.
- Butterball 13-24 pound frozen Whole Turkey: 99 cents a pound. Limit 2.
- November 15-21
- Shady Brook Farms Fresh young turkey, 13 or 18 pounds: $1.19 a pound
- November 18-24
- Butcher shop organic antibiotic free whole turkey: $2.99 a pound
- November 18-26
- Whole Foods Market Organic Whole Turkey: $2.99 a pound.
- Whole Foods Market Whole Turkey: $1.99 a pound.
- Must be Prime member.
- November 11-22
- Wegmans turkey, fresh, 10-14 pound: 99 cents a pound
- Must be a member of the Shoppers Club.
- Through November 22.