Turkey for Thanksgiving is a no brainer for most. Picking out the right turkey for your holiday meal on the other hand isn't always as easy. According to the University of Illinois Extension, about 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving, and since 1970, turkey production has increased nearly 110% in the U.S.

Although running to the grocery store and grabbing the first bird you see with that amount of turkeys available for purchase is tempting, there are some considerations to take into account when selecting the right turkey for your purposes, according to TheKitchn.com.

From deciding between fresh or frozen to how many pounds of turkey you need, here are a few tips you can use before you head to the store.