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How do I cook a JENNIE-O® whole turkey?
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cooking instructions

Step 1: Heat oven to 325°F. Remove neck, giblet and gravy packet, if applicable.

Step 2: The plastic leg clamp should be left on during cooking.

Step 3: Place turkey on rack in a shallow pan, breast side up, and loosely cover with foil. Remove foil after 1 hour of cooking.

Step 4: Roast until timer pops up and turkey is fully-cooked, 180°F as measured by a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh. ALWAYS confirm doneness with a meat thermometer. Juices should run clear.

Step 5: Let turkey stand 20 minutes before carving.

Step 6:For optimal safety, cook stuffing and turkey separately. If desired, add fully cooked stuffing to cooked turkey just prior to serving.

Approximate Oven Roasting Time at 325°F.

turkey weight & cooking times

Approximate roasting times at 325°F

  • 8-12 pounds: 3 1/2-4 hours
  • 12-18 pounds: 4 1/4-4 3/4 hours
  • 18-22 pounds: 4 1/2-5 hours
  • 22-24 pounds: 4 3/4-5 1/4 hours

Wash hands and all items that come into contact with uncooked turkey.

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How do I store leftover turkey properly?
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Remember these food safety tips when storing leftover turkey

  • Refrigerate as soon as you’re finished serving within two hours of cooking
  • Store, turkey, stuffing and gravy in separate containers
  • Use refrigerated turkey, stuffing and gravy within 4 days
  • For longer storage, freeze leftovers and use turkey within 4 months. Upon thawing, use within 1 day.
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How do I cook a JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ whole turkey?
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instructions

Step 1: Do not thaw. Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step 2: Remove from freezer. Remove outer bag. Do not remove inner cooking bag.

Step 3: Place in a roasting pan with at least 2-inch high sides.

Step 4: Cut six ½ -inch slits in top of cooking bag.

Step 5: Pull bag up and away from turkey to release vacuum.

Step 6: Place in oven allowing room for bag to expand without touching oven racks or walls.

Step 7: Roast the turkey until a meat thermometer reaches 165°F in the thickest part of the breast and 180°F in the thickest part of the thigh.

*Note: meat temperature increases rapidly during last hour of cooking.

Step 8: Cook time: approximately 4 hours at 375°F.

Step 9: Let turkey rest 15 minutes. Cut open top of oven-able bag. Be cautious of hot steam and juices.

Step 10: Heat gravy as directed on pouch. Do not increase oven temperature. Cooking bag may melt at higher temperatures.

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How can I cook a can of Hormel® Mary Kitchen® hash so it gets crispy?
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It takes patience to get crispy hash. In a heavy skillet (preferably not a non-stick skillet) over medium heat, spread the hash in an even layer and do not disturb for 5 minutes. With a spatula, lift up a corner of the hash to see if it has developed a crust. If it hasn’t, cook a few minutes longer. If it has developed a crust, turn over the hash and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until a crispy crust has formed on both sides.

Watch a demonstration from Chef Vanessa Cantave, a New York City-based chef and caterer:

The pantry project: sunshine hash

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How do I use a meat thermometer?
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Consumer Engagement Specialist Chris shares best practices for checking the temperature of different types of meat.

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How do I reheat my Hormel®Cure 81® ham?
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It is super easy! To reheat your ham you should follow the instructions on the packaging and heat to the desired temperature.

Cooked ham is also safe and delicious to eat right out of the refrigerator! For recipes using your leftover ham, visit Hormel.com.

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What do SPAM® products taste like?
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In a word: magic. Of course, we’re biased, and if you haven’t had the good fortune of tasting magic before, that won’t tell you much.

What we’re trying to say is, SPAM® products have a unique taste that’s unlike anything else out there. That taste also depends on the SPAM® variety and how you prepare it. Grilling, baking, or frying will result in different textures and subtleties. So the best way to answer this question is ultimately to try it for yourself.

spam.com

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Does Hormel Foods have a food safety program?
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Maintaining our outstanding food safety record is a top priority. All employees receive food safety training appropriate for their responsibilities within the company.

We know where every ingredient in every product originated and that it meets our high standards.

Food safety systems are overseen by company personnel, independent third parties, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Does Hormel Foods have shelf-stable products I can use in an emergency preparedness kit?
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Absolutely.

Our line of shelf-stable canned and microwaveable items is fully cooked and can be eaten cold, making them a perfect addition to your emergency kit!

  • Chi-Chi’s® Mexican products
  • Dinty Moore® stew
  • Herdez® products
  • Hormel® Chili
  • Hormel®Compleats® products
  • Hormel®Mary Kitchen® Hash
  • Justin’s® brand
  • Skippy® brand
  • SPAM® brand
  • Valley Fresh® products

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What is the shelf life of SPAM® products?
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While the keeper of an emergency underground bunker might have you believe SPAM® products offer eternal freshness, there is, in fact, a limit to their goodness.

On the bottom of every can of SPAM® product you’ll find a “best by” date. This is the date Hormel Foods recommends using the product by. You’ll likely find yourself gobbling up the delicious meat inside the can long before that date. But if you find yourself sitting on a stock of SPAM® products during a zombie invasion, be sure to check the date before you enjoy.

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What’s there to know about SKIPPY® peanut butter’s shelf life?
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SKIPPY® peanut butter—opened or not—is happiest when stored at room temperature.

You can refrigerate it to savor its flavor for longer, but know that when refrigerated, it doesn’t spread as easily. You should also know that SKIPPY® Peanut Butter doesn’t like being too cold, so keep it freezer-free!

peanutbutter.com

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I love Hormel®Cure 81® ham. Do you have any storage tips?
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Thanks for the love! Once opened, HORMEL® CURE 81® Ham can be stored in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

Leftover cooked ham should be tightly wrapped and refrigerated promptly after the meal.

Ham may be kept frozen for up to 60 days. The nutritional value of the ham will be maintained, but not its full flavor and texture. If you must freeze your ham, wrap it tightly.

Hormel® Cure 81® ham

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