Hot Turkey Tips

A few Thanksgiving tips to insure the tastiest, moistest turkey.

It's that time of the year! If you're cooking on a budget, these tips will help insure a moist flavorful bird, even if you can't afford an all-natural, organic turkey. These tips can help you out, even if you need to use the one that's on sale. And if you're using a top-quality bird, this will only make it better!

  • Cook the bird breast-side down. Not as glamorous as the traditional way, but the cooking juices will flow down, keeping breast meat more moist.
  • Bake the stuffing separately. The turkey takes longer to cook when stuffed and may turn out a bit drier.
  • Cut the leg/thigh portion off. Cooking the cut-off leg/thighs alongside the turkey will help it cook quicker, insuring moister meat.
  • Let the turkey rest before slicing. More juices will be reabsorbed that way.
  • Leave some meat in chunks. If not serving it all right away, chunks (wrapped in plastic wrap) will slice easily after refrigerating; perfect for leftovers, etc.

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Derek Wilson November 22, 2012 at 07:18 AM
I'm letting a professional do the cooking this year, but I'll remember your tips for the next big turkey holiday dinner. Thanks!


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