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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Freshest- Tasting Turkeys are frozen

If you want the freshest-tasting turkey this Thanksgiving, don't buy a fresh turkey.

Thats what the editors at Cook's Illustrated magazine discovered when testing fresh and frozen turkeys for their November issue. Turns out frozen turkeys taste fresher and moist than fresh.

It may sound counterintuitive, but science backs them up. Apparently, turkeys labled "fresh" can be stored at 26f, a temperture at which tiny ice crystals can form in the meat.

Temperture fluctuations during transport and storage (at the store or and home) can cause these crystals to thaw and refreeze, punching holes in the cell membranes of the meat and causing them to lose moisture.

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