It’s that time of the year again. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, you’re already thinking about that big bird you’ll eat — and all the fixings that go along with it.
How do we know you’re thinking about it?
Google tracks search data and shares it through its website, Google Trends, giving a glimpse into what people everywhere want to know and when. It’s a powerful tool and helps us answer life’s big questions.
Questions like, “How do people like their turkey cooked?”
Folks in Missouri and Kansas search for smoked turkey the most. Southerners (and New Yorkers and Californians) prefer fried turkey, while New Englanders tend to favor roasted turkey.
Here’s a glimpse into more Thanksgiving Google search data.
Searching for “greenbean casserole”
It’s a classic. And it’s pretty easy to make. But Missourians are still searching for the recipe. Not surprisingly, most Thanksgiving food-related searches start to spike the week before Thanksgiving as lists are made and groceries are purchased.
Searching for “pie”
It appears that pumpkin pie rules them all in Missouri (and most of the U.S.).
But if you’re in the mood for something a little fancier this year, place your order now at local restaurants. The Star’s Jill Silva created a “pie roundup” just for you.
Searching for “friendsgiving”
It was barely a known word back in 2011, but now it’s all the rage. For some, Friendgiving is the best of both worlds: Great food and the family you choose.