How to Figure Out What Size Turkey to Buy

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Why stress over turkey size this holiday season when you can stress over more important stuff, like the violent resurfacing of long-held family resentments and managing your guests’ 400 different dietary restrictions?

To ensure you have plenty for everyone and leftovers to spare, the basic rule of thumb for large groups (10+) is to allow 1½ pounds per hungry grownup. Small birds have a lower meat-to-bone ratio, so for turkeys 12 pounds or smaller, count on 2 pounds per person.

Adjust according to the ages of guests, quantity of leftovers you want, and, of course, those dietary restrictions.

(Image: Eve Epstein)
(Image: Eve Epstein)
(Image: Eve Epstein)
(Image: Eve Epstein)

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