So you hosting the Thanksgiving meal. You know you have Mom and Dad, your brother, his kids, you aunts and uncles, Grandparents and a couple of family friends coming over and you are at the store trying to figure out how much turkey do you need to feed everyone. Then you take into consideration that there may be some folks who want seconds, you like turkey sandwiches on Black Friday and turkey broth and soup for a couple of day after that.
So how big of bird do you need?
Seems to be the problem a lot of people have. Over the years everyone has heard theories from family and friends what “rule of thumb” you should use, but truth is, EVERY YEAR YOU NEVER HAVE ENOUGH TURKEY TO GO AROUND!!!!
So here is what you can do, take this info and use it at your leisure, when you consult the USDA, Food Network and Associated Press, they all seem to be in the same zone, when it comes to how big of a bird you should get.
Here is the unofficial rule you can go with that won’t leave you embarrassed when Uncle Joe wants seconds or you wanted to enjoy leftovers the next day.
1 person = 1 pound of turkey
But if you want leftovers, the suggestion is 1.5 pounds of turkey per person.
- 4 people = 6 pounds
- 6 people = 9 pounds
- 8 pounds = 12 pounds
- 10 people = 15 pounds
- 12 people = 18 pounds
- 14 people = 20 pounds
You get the point. This also applies if you were getting just a turkey breast.
Happy eating…and enjoy the leftovers.