Prepare your Thanksgiving turkey with help from Hanwell.

Prepare your Thanksgiving turkey with help from Hanwell.


With Thanksgiving approaching fast, we want to give you our advice on monitoring the temperature of your turkey from farm to fork, with the help of temperature monitoring equipment from Hanwell.

What’s the best climate for raising chicks?

If you’re farming turkey chicks, heated premises are essential for ensuring good quality meat. Newborn chicks struggle to regulate their own body temperature and can suffer heart problems if not kept in warm conditions. When placed correctly & dependent on lamp size, heat lamps can provide warmth for up to 500 chicks. Before the arrival of the chicks, make sure that the temperature below the litter surface is heated up to at least 80°F.

Once the chicks have arrived, your floor temperature should be maintained between 90°F – 95°F in the first week. You can then reduce the temperature each week by 5°F. When chicks reach 6 weeks old, the desired floor temperature is between 65°F-70°F.

For help with monitoring your floor temperature, the RL4108 is fitted with onboard sensors and an optional remote surface temperature monitor probe, for accurate and reliable temperature monitoring.

What are the regulations when processing turkey meat?

During meat processing, it is essential to maintain temperatures at all stages. Generally, temperatures should be maintained at 40°F, to prevent spoilage of the poultry meat.

In holding areas, the turkeys should be provided with adequate ventilation in order to minimize premature death and excessive shrinkage, which can be detrimental to the quality of your meat.

Once the turkeys have been slaughtered and defeathered, the meat must be stored in a room chilled to 40°F. Not only does this increase the shelf life of the meat, but if the meat is stored at a higher temperature, it is more vulnerable to contracting bacterial diseases and microbial spoilage.

When packaging up the turkey, not only does the room temperature have to be maintained at 40°F, but you have to ensure that the internal temperature of the meat is 40°F, as per USDA regulations.

Our Hanwell IceSpy range of wireless temperature monitoring equipment delivers exceptional accuracy and reliability and assists with FDA compliance. Take a look at our Food Manufacturing industry page to find out more information about the benefits of implementing our wireless temperature monitoring equipment into your manufacturing site.

What’s the best way to prepare a turkey?

If you’re cooking your turkey from fresh, it’s best to buy your turkey a couple of days before serving and keep refrigerated. If you’re buying pre-stuffed turkeys, the USDA recommends buying these from frozen and with a USDA or State Mark of inspection label. This label verifies that the turkey has been processed under controlled conditions and can be cooked straight from frozen.

The USDA states that frozen turkeys can be defrosted either in the refrigerator, in cold water or by microwave.

-If defrosting in the refrigerator, make sure your fridge temperature is 40°F or below and allow 24 hours for every 4-5lbs.

-When defrosting in cold water, allow 30 minutes per lb. and make sure to change the water every 30 minutes

-You can also defrost the turkey using a microwave but check with your manufacturer for timings.

When cooking, ensure that your oven is set to 325°F or above. You can find USDA recommended cooking times here.

How will I know when the turkey is cooked?

The recommended internal temperature for a turkey is 165°F. Kitchn recommends checking in the thigh of the turkey, as this is the meatiest part which cooks the slowest. With a handheld thermometer from Hanwell, you can easily and accurately check the temperature of your turkey, using a range of interchangeable probes. Our affordable range of handheld thermometers, such as the HM007 are quick and easy to use, as well as having Bluetooth capabilities, allowing you to download your data to a PC, cell phone or PDA.

To find out more about implementing a Handheld Thermometer into your Thanksgiving preparations, contact our Senior Business Development Manager, Meredith Paetz, today!

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