Holiday cooking is here!

The holiday season means being surrounded by loved ones and making new memories. And, of course good food is an absolute must! Don’t panic, though, when it comes to planning meals… the California Poultry Federation provides tips, suggestions and resources to make all your holiday meals a resounding success!

Remember to always buy California Grown turkeys for the freshest and highest quality products. We have helped you by listing CPF member websites… just click on the links for information on where to buy your favorite turkey, directions on roasting the perfect turkey, additional cooking inspirations and recipes and food safety tips.


If you are curious about the history of turkey production, please click here!

Finding a Turkey

Look to these California turkey producers for the perfect holiday bird!


Do you have more questions or concerns? How big of a turkey do I buy? What are the best roasting methods? How do I make sure my food is safe?

Call one of these trusted hotlines for the answers.

USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline – (888) 674-6854

Regular Hours – Mon – Fri, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST.

Thanksgiving Day – 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST.

Day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26th – 10:00 – 6:00 p.m. EST.

Foster Farms: DORI’S Thanksgiving Turkey Helpline – (800) 255-7227

Helpline hours will be:

Weekdays – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST

November 24 – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PST
Thanksgiving Day, November 25 – 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST

Tips and Helpful Hints

There are hundreds of recipes to choose from when it comes to cooking your holiday bird. The CPF offers a few resources to browse for the recipe that fits your tastes. Take a look at some of the creative way you can serve your turkey this year!

Foster Farms: Getting you ready for Thanksgiving

Holiday Food Safety Success Kit

Mrs. Cubbison’s stuffing and recipes

National Turkey Federation

Pitman Family Farms

Volk Enterprises – Home of the Pop-Up Timer

How long should I cook my turkey?
Roasting by the number: chicken & turkey timetables

How long does it take to thaw my turkey?

Foster Farms – Safe Keeping Storage and thawing-tips


The National Turkey Federation provides an extensive amount of additional food safety information.

Please click here to learn more about keeping your meal safe.

Holiday Recipes!

Click here! for California Grown Recipes.

Easy Roast Turkey for Beginners for the Holidays!