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The Cost Of Thanksgiving Dinner Continues To Decline

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The cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is the lowest since 2013 and second-lowest since 2011. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day table, the average cost for this year’s dinner for 10 is $49.12 – 75-cents less than last year’s feast.

Director of market intelligence for AFBF, John Newton, says the price per pound of the 16 pound turkey plays a major role in the total cost of the meal.

The trend in the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner over the past few years has been slightly lower. Newton says that’s good for consumers, but not for farmers and ranchers.

The shopping list for Farm Bureau’s informal survey includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk – all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10 with plenty for leftovers.

Because most turkeys are bought frozen, the recommendation is to buy it a week before Thanksgiving and let it thaw in the refrigerator. However, with that window already gone, Kansas State University food scientist Karen Blakeslee says there’s another option that is safe and effective.

The minimum temperature for an oven-roasted turkey is 325-degrees. As a rule-of-thumb, a 15 pound turkey takes about four hours to cook. But Blakeslee says a meat thermometer is the most accurate way to check doneness.

If you want turkey for sandwiches or other dishes later in the week, buy a bird big enough to accommodate those extra meals. Also, a turkey is about 70% white meat and 30% dark meat, so buy a bird that gives your family plenty of the meat they prefer.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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