Monday, November 10, 2008

‘Turkeyphobia’ Main Source Of Holiday Stress

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If the holidays tend to gobble up your energy and stress you out, you may be suffering from turkeyphobia.

According to a study by Jennie-O Turkey Store Oven Ready turkey and Kelton Research, the main source of holiday stress stems from the daunting task of preparing a turkey.

In fact, 21 percent of Americans say the turkey will likely be the biggest cooking fiasco of their Thanksgiving (Nov. 25) meal.

About 43 percent fear that their turkey will be too dry, while 28 percent are nervous that their gobbler will be undercooked.

But the turkeyphobia doesn’t end there.

About 48 percent of those who’ve attempted to cook the bird dread the icky task of cleaning the turkey, and 30 percent hate waiting for it to thaw.

Turkey stress may be the reason why 71 percent of Americans have resorted to various schemes to avoid making a full clucker for Thanksgiving dinner.

About 51 percent cooked a turkey breast instead, 46 percent abandoned the whole turkey tradition and served something different, 36 percent ordered take-out or went to a restaurant, 23 percent bought a pre-cooked turkey, and 23 percent refused to host Thanksgiving dinner altogether.

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