Gearing up for Turkey Day? Here are a few tips to keep in mind when preparing to gobble up the main course.
- Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to thawing the turkey. Be sure to plan ahead. The safest way to defrost is in the refrigerator. The amount of time varies depending on the size of the turkey, but for a traditional 20 lb one, it’s best to give it 4-5 days.
- If you like your turkey on the crispier side, unwrap it the day before roasting and keep it uncovered in the refrigerator overnight.
- Cooking times vary. Did you buy your turkey frozen? It’s recommended you cook a defrosted turkey for 20 minutes per pound at 350°F. Did you buy it fresh? You may only need to cook it for 10-15 minutes per pound. Use a thermometer to tell if it’s done. It should be at least at 165°F. Make sure you check the thighs and the breast because different part of the bird can give different readings. Be thorough.
- You can get a more even cook by not densely stuffing it. Try loosely stuffing it with aromatic vegetables like carrots and onion for flavor.
- Give your turkey time to cook and don’t get over anxious. Continually opening and closing the oven door allows the temperature to fluctuate, increasing the likelihood of a dry meal.
Still don’t know what you’re making this year? We’ve got you covered. We compiled a big list of unique ways to prepare your turkey, side dishes, and desserts here.
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