BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is well underway, and before you head out to the grocery store to get the essentials for your Thanksgiving dinner, here are some tips to know before you go.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave some tips on if you should buy your turkey frozen or fresh.

According to a news release from the USDA, if you are preparing at the last minute it is ideal to select a fresh turkey and if you are planning ahead of time, it is best to choose a frozen turkey.

A frozen turkey has been cooled to zero degrees Fahrenheit or lower. A fresh turkey has never been under 26 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the USDA.

According to a news release from the USDA, fresh turkeys should be bought at least one to two days before cooking if there is no ‘best by’ or ‘use by’ tag that is shown on the turkey.

Click here to learn more about turkey products through the USDA’s fact sheet.