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Turkey Still Available in Benicia Stores-Time to Defrost is Running Out

A turkey should be left out on the counter for more than two hours.

Benicia food stores still have turkeys, but if you are planning on buying the less expensive frozen birds you are running out of time to safely defrost the big bird before its appointment with the oven.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture website, the three safe ways to defrost a frozen turkey are either in cold water, in the microwave or in the refrigerator.

If using the refrigerator method, you should allow 24 hours of defrosting time for every four to five pounds. 

If using the cold water method cooks should allow up to 12 hours for the turkey to defrost depending on the weight.

If using a microwave the USDA recommends following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Prices for a turkey purchased in Benicia range from $.59 per pound for a frozen turkey to $3.99 per pound for a fresh, organic, free range turkey.

Store

Lowest Price

Highest Price

Kinder’s

$1.79 per pound for a fresh turkey

$3.79 per pound for the same fresh turkey cooked and ready to serve.

Raley’s

$.69 per pound for a frozen turkey

$3.99 per pound for an organic, free range,   fresh bird

Safeway

$.59 per pound for a frozen turkey

$1.99 per pound for a fresh turkey 

Editor's Note: As of Monday afternoon, Kinder’s was down to one turkey.

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james November 21, 2012 at 01:53 AM
nope safeway is out of butterball just like safeway and the good pills berry cresant rolls n had to get safeway blahhhhhhhhh
Joe Feltcher November 21, 2012 at 03:21 AM
If you are waiting this late to get your turkey, then you deserve nothing.

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