How To Cook The Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted on November 10th, 2015 by Chips Restaurants

It’s the story that’s been told 1,000 times – you burnt the turkey so you had to eat Thanksgiving dinner out or had to come up with a plan B because it didn’t come out just right. While not everyone is a cooking pro, you can still get through a Thanksgiving meal without having to scramble for a new idea at the last minute so long as you know some basic tips. To avoid a disaster in your kitchen this year, keep the following in mind:

Tips for cooking a turkey

Think ahead: A frozen turkey won’t defrost in a few hours – in fact, it may not even fully defrost over night depending on the size. Should you be using the refrigerator to thaw the turkey, give it at least 24 hours for every 4-5 lbs. That means if you have a turkey that’s 10+ pounds, you’ll need at least a couple of days!

Buy a good pan: The accessories are just as important as the turkey itself! If you don’t already have a pan that is big enough for your turkey to sit comfortably, you’ll need to go out and get one before they’re all sold out. If you aren’t sure what constitutes as a good size, rule of thumb is that the sides should be about 2 inches high.

Utilize butter and oil: Butter and oil are two essential ingredients that help keep a turkey moist. Although basting may be a task that you’re used to completing when cooking a turkey, the Food Network suggests that you can skip this step so long as you have enough butter and oil on it. Did you know that constantly opening and closing the oven door to baste the turkey could cause it to get too dry?

Find a good thermometer: When your turkey is done, your thermometer should read 165 degrees Farenheit. If it hasn’t reached this temperature yet, harmful bacteria may still be swimming around. To get an accurate reading, the FDA says to stick your thermometer into the innermost part of the thigh and wing, and also in the thickest part of the turkey’s breast.

Let it sit before carving: You may be anxious to dig in, but to experience it at its best you’ll want to let the turkey sit for at least 15-20 minutes before doing any carving. And don’t forget to cover it with foil while you wait!

If you’re responsible for this year’s Thanksgiving feast, you’ll definitely want to remember these tips when it’s time to work on the turkey – after all, your dinner wouldn’t be complete without a good one!

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