How to Choose the Right Turkey for Your Thanksgiving Dinner (2:27)
With Thanksgiving around the corner, Dr. Oz and chef Roblé Ali have teamed up to help you plan and prepare your Thanksgiving feast with ease. If you're in charge of the main meal, this flowchart quiz will help you choose the right turkey for your table, no matter the number of the guests. Make sure you opt for frozen turkey at the grocery store unless you're picking your turkey directly at the poultry farm. Most "fresh" turkey options are simply thawed, frozen turkeys, making frozen turkeys a better choice since they're still preserved when you purchase them.
If you don't mind spending a little more on your turkey, you can opt for an organic turkey, which doesn't contain added chemicals, animal byproducts, antibiotics, or genetically-modified ingredients. If you prefer a leaner turkey with more flavor, go for a heritage turkey, which typically indicates a free-range turkey that was humanely raised. Finally, depending on your kitchen skills, you may want to steer clear of "self-basting" turkeys that are filled with spiced broth or salt water, so you can season the bird the way you want to.