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Lend a Hand

Through FEED NOVA SCOTIA, Nova Scotia Power is helping to provide nearly 4,000 turkeys for families in need this holiday season. Of course, it’s not just about turkeys: it’s about families coming together over a meal and spending time together at this special time of year.

On behalf of the employees of Nova Scotia Power, we’re proud to lend a hand. Below, you’ll find recipes and ideas for spending quality time with your family this holiday season.

Unstuffed Turkey Weight Stuffed Turkey 
2 ¾ – 3 hours 8 - 12 lbs 3 - 3 ½ hours
3 - 3 ¾ hours 12 - 14 lbs 3 ½ - 4 hours
3 ¾ – 4 ¼ hours 14 – 18 lbs 4 – 4 ¼ hours
4 ¼ – 4 ½ hours 18 – 20 lbs 4 ¼ – 4 ¾ hours
4 ½ – 5 hours 20 – 24 lbs 4 ¾ – 5 ¼

Turkey tips:

  1. Whole bird: 1lb per person 
  2. Turkey breast: ¾ lb per person 
  3. Boneless turkey breast: ½ lb per person 
  4. If you choose to stuff your bird, stuffing should be moist (not dry) as heat destroys bacteria more quickly in a moist environment. 
  5. Temping the unstuffed bird: use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the turkey. A good indication of the turkey being cooked thoroughly is when the temperature of the bird (measured at the thigh) has reached 180 degrees F. The stuffing (cooked inside the bird or not) should reach 165 degrees F. 
  6. In general, you shouldn't cover a roasting turkey (or any roasting meat); you want the skin to get a nice, deep brown all over, and you don't want it to steam in its own juices. However, if the turkey begins to brown too quickly, well before it's likely to be done, you can cover the brown parts loosely with aluminum foil. (This is likely to happen with larger birds.) Try to cover as little of the turkey as possible so you don't create steam. 
  7. Let turkey stand 20 minutes once taken out of the oven. Remove stuffing and carve the bird. 
  8. Leftovers: refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of cooking. Store stuffing and turkey separately and use within 3 – 4 days. Gravy should be used within 2 – 3 days. When reheating, be sure to bring temperature up to 165 degrees or until hot and steaming. 

How to cook a turkey

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Stuffing

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Gravy

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Cranberry Sauce

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Mashed Potatoes

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Christmas Day Family Activities

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  • Go for a walk together to look at Christmas lights
  • Watch an old favourite Christmas movie
  • Have a family game day— play cards, board games, Eye Spy, etc.
  • Work together to prepare Christmas dinner
  • If there is snow, go out together to make snow angels and snowmen
  • Do a Christmas craft together—whether it’s colouring, painting, making an ornament or gathering twigs to make a wreath
  • Storytelling—gather the family to share favourite Christmas stories, talk about the year that has just ended, and plans for the new year
  • Go carolling!