Food, family, and friends: Preparing for Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, you may be finalizing travel and/or menu plans, frantically cleaning house in anticipation of guests arriving (maybe that is just me), or counting down the days to Black Friday. In all of the craziness of the holiday season, don’t forget about the meat and food safety of your main dishes. Regardless if you are serving a new cut of beef, frying a turkey, serving savory seafood, glazing a ham, slow roasting lamb, or BBQing it is important to make sure you and your loved ones enjoy your time together!

For a little holiday fun you could even visit the UNL Meat Preparation and Safety webpage and quiz your Thanksgiving guests to see who is the most meat savvy (I am easily entertained!).

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Photo from Tom Reeder’s blog. Enhanced with PicMonkey.

What are you serving this Thanksgiving? We are serving the traditional turkey, as my sister-in-law is visiting from London, and we thought she would enjoy seeing the American holiday in all of its glory!

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Alternatives to turkey on Thanksgiving Day?!

Thanksgiving, a.k.a.”Turkey Day” is upon us. I wanted to share with you an interesting article that was recently put out by the American Farm Bureau Federation on the cost of the traditional turkey Thanksgiving meal.

The cost of a Thanksgiving meal in 2013 is down from the previous year —

The 28th annual American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.04, a 44-cent price decrease from last year’s average of $49.48. This is less than $5 per serving!

“America’s farm and ranch families are honored to produce the food from our nation’s land for family Thanksgiving celebrations,” said AFBF President, Bob Stallman, a rice and cattle producer from Texas.

The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10. There is also plenty for leftovers.

The bulk of the cost is the 16-pound turkey at $21.76 this year, roughly $1.36 per pound. The article states that if you have the patience to wait until the last-minute to buy a turkey, an exceptional bargain may be found.

The average cost of the dinner has remained around $49 since 2011.

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For fun I wanted to know what the price would look like if the main entrée, turkey in this case, was replaced with other holiday meat favorites…

An average beef roast would be $4.82 per pound

5509.00 Peppered Ribeye Roast with Roasted Garlic Sauce _pwm Beef Rib Roast

An average beef steak would be $6.36 per pound

5512.00 Spicy Ribeyes with Ginger-Orange Grilled Carrots_pwm Grilled Ribeye

An average ham would be $4.30 per pound

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These prices were reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, current as of Oct. 2013.

There are many delicious meaty options to grace the center of your plate this Thanksgiving, which one is your family indulging in?