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Talking Turkey

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Walton Gas customers can be thankful for this...Priceless memories created around the Thanksgiving table come at a low cost. The natural gas energy used to cook a holiday meal for 12 guests costs about 42 cents.

A thawed stuffed turkey of regular size is typically cooked for 4–4.5 hours. The cost of natural gas to operate an oven at 350 degrees is about 6¢ per hour. So, a turkey roasted for four hours costs about 24¢ in natural gas.

How much does it cost to cook your Thanksgiving dinner? Here’s the cooking cost breakdown…

Roast Stuffed Turkey
cook time: 4 hours

Large pan of Mashed Potatoes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Giblet Gravy cooked on the stove
Cook time: 10 minutes

Homemade Dinner Rolls
Bake time: 30 minutes

Bake time: 1 hour

Bake time: 45 minutes

Total 42 ¢ 

Get even more energy value while cooking your holiday meal:

- Use glass and ceramic dishes. They hold heat well and allow you to lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

- Keep the oven door closed. The temperature drops 25–75 degrees each time the oven door is opened, so monitor cooking time and peek through the
oven window, if possible, to check on your food.

- Plan to bake more than one dish or cook an entire meal in the oven to save energy.

Americans eat 46 million turkeys at Thanksgiving with another 22 million eaten at Christmas.* 34% of Thanksgiving meals are cooked in gas-powered ovens.

Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line offers 50+ experts who answer 100,000+ questions in November and December. Call 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372) or connect through social media or text.