So there is one item on the table at thanksgiving that needs to have some extra attention when preparing, and that’s the Turkey. A staple dish for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are many different recipes and procedures to preparing a turkey. To help you this year prepare the perfect turkey for your family and friends we have listed the top tips to follow when cooking your feast.
Get the Right Size
When making a turkey for a group, you want to make sure everyone actually gets to take a bite. To ensure you make the right amount figure on 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of turkey per person. For example, 8 people will require an 8 to 12-pound turkey.
Cook with Veggies
When cooking, place your turkey on top of a rack of carrots, onions and celery with a regular cooking pan placed underneath the rack. Cooking the turkey while lifted off the pan will actually help increase air circulation, which will lead to any evenly crispy turkey. The vegetables will add tons of extra flavor as well.
Keep it Moist
A dry turkey can be the downfall of Thanksgiving dinner. To ensure a perfectly moist turkey, use the technic of brining. Brining is similar to marinating where you soak the turkey for 30 minutes to a few days in a solution called brine before cooking. Brine is a solution usually containing salt, cold water, sugar and a variety of spices. Here is a link for the perfect brine recipe.
Hold the Stuffing
Instead of cooking the stuffing inside the turkey, cook it in a separate pan. Cooking stuffing inside the turkey can cause the growth of harmful bacteria. It also will take longer to cook, which could result in it being drier.
Tie It Up
To ensure the meat cooks evenly truss your turkey. Trussing is tying up the turkey so all the limbs are tightly bound close to the core. Simply tuck the wings of the turkey under the body and tie the legs together with kitchen string to create a tight package.
Better with Butter
A little butter makes everything better, doesn’t it? Before putting your turkey in the oven drench it with butter. Make sure the skin is completely dry and rub an entire stick of butter all of the turkey.
Contain the Flavor
To lock in all the flavor and juices, cover your turkey after taking it out of the oven with tin foil. Let it rest for at least 15 to 20 minutes before carving and be sure not to cover the turkey too tightly as you don’t want it to steam under the foil.