Say what? Butterball claims you actually can microwave a turkey

Butterball has spoken! The turkey brand, which is famous for its Turkey Talk Line that provides Thanksgiving cooking advice to people around the country, has weighed in on the viral microwave turkey prank with some surprising advice.

The poultry producer’s response comes after millennials and other young adults have been tricking their parents into thinking they plan to cook the large birds by simply placing them in a microwave as opposed to, you know, an oven.

Known as the #25lbTurkeyChallenge, the prank has elicited worried responses from parents across America. “Turkey will explode. CALL ME NOW,” one parent told their child after she asked for microwaving advice. Added another concerned dad: “I’m no Guy Fieri but I don’t think a microwave can handle that.”

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Top 10 Butterball turkey tips for Thanksgiving
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Top 10 Butterball turkey tips for Thanksgiving
10. Butterball recommends the Open Pan Roasting Method to consistently create a tender, juicy and golden
brown turkey. Use a shallow pan about 2 to 2 1/2 inches deep, and always use a flat rack so the turkey cooks
evenly.
9. Use the stuffing calculator on Butterball.com to figure out the right amount to make everyone at your table
happy.
8. Prepare stuffing just before placing in the turkey, using only cooked ingredients. Loosely stuff neck and body
cavities of completely thawed turkey and do not tightly pack stuffing into turkey.
7. Before roasting, turn the turkey’s wings back to hold the neck skin in place. This levels the turkey in the
roasting pan to encourage even cooking, and with the wings out of the way, makes carving easier.

6. Remember home food safety tips when handling turkey

  • Wash hands often
  • Keep raw turkey and ready-to-eat foods separated
  • Cook to proper temperature (see tip 13)
  • Refrigerate cooked turkey promptly to reduce temperature to below 40 degrees Fahrenheit
5. What size bird to buy? Allow 1 1/2 pounds of turkey per person for generous servings and leftovers.
4. Quick and easy. Butterball offers fully cooked turkeys. Already seasoned and roasted, just throw them in a
shallow pan and warm in the oven according to package instructions for a no-mess, no-fuss way to delight
3. No time to thaw? Try thawing more quickly by submerging the turkey in cold water. Leave the bird in the
wrapper, place it in a tub or sink of cold water and allow 30 minutes of thaw time for every pound of turkey.
2. Butterball recommends refrigerator thawing. For every four pounds of turkey, allow at least one day of
thawing in the refrigerator.
1. Fresh or frozen turkey? Fresh turkeys need no thawing and are ready to cook. Frozen turkeys can be purchased
weeks in advance, but require several days of thawing before roasting. Fresh Butterball turkeys are all natural and
contain no additional ingredients. Frozen Butterball turkeys are deep basted to be extra tender and juicy.
You can find more life-saving tips from Butterball here
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Even award-winning chef José Andrés fell for the prank after his daughter, Carlota, sought his input on how to microwave a 25-pound bird. “You kidding me,” he exclaimed via a text conversation that he later shared on Twitter. “Microwaves are the end of humankind!” Andrés also reminded his offspring of her impressive culinary lineage, telling her in Spanish “You are my daughter,” before concluding she’d be better off eating cold tofu.

However, hold on to your hats millennials, because Butterball says it is possible to microwave a turkey. The North Carolina-based company tells Today Food that the turkey (which should be smaller than 25 pounds in order to fit inside a microwave) must be thawed first and then microwaved on full power for several minutes before being basted, flipped and microwaved again on a lower power setting. But the point is, it can be done!

As Butterball tweeted on Friday, November 16, “We started microwaving turkeys before hashtags even existed. The #25LBturkeychallenge is a little ambitious, but a 12-pound turkey is no challenge at all. Give us a call at 1-800-BUTTERBALL and we’ll walk you through it step-by-step.”

More on Thanksgiving favorites below!

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The best and worst Thanksgiving foods for your health
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The best and worst Thanksgiving foods for your health

BEST: White turkey meat

Nutrition (per 3 oz. serving): 115 calories and 7 grams of fat

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WORST: Dark turkey meat

Nutrition (per 3 oz. serving): 160 calories and 11 grams of fat

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BEST: Green bean casserole

Nutrition (per 3/4 cup serving): 161 calories, 9 g fat 

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WORST: Sweet potato casserole

Nutrition (per 3/4 cup serving): 285 calories, 5 g fat 

BEST: Dinner roll with dollop of butter

Nutrition (1 roll): 140 calories and 4.5 g fat

WORST: Stuffing

Nutrition (per 3/4 cup serving): 371 calories and 19 g of fat 

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BEST: Gravy

Nutrition (per 1/4 cup serving): 30 calories and 1.5 g fat

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WORST: Cranberry jelly

Nutrition (per 1/4 cup serving): 110 calories and 0 g fat

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BEST: Pumpkin pie

Nutrition (per slice -- 1/8 of a 9 inch pie): 316 calories and 14 g of fat

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WORST: Apple pie

Nutrition (per slice -- 1/8 of a 9 inch pie): 411 calories and 19 g of fat

BEST: Brussel sprouts 

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 56 calories and 4 g protein

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WORST: Mashed potatoes with whole milk and margarine

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 237 calories and 9 g of fat

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BEST: Cooked spinach

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 41 calories and 5 g of protein

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WORST: Corn bread

Nutrition (1 piece -- around 60 oz.): 198 calories and 9 g of fat

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BEST: Corn with a pat of butter

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 95 calories and 5 g of fiber

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WORST: Mac and cheese

Nutrition (per 1 cup of serving): 310 calories and 9 g of fat

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