Tips For Cooking a Holiday Turkey This Year

Thanksgiving turkey
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Suppose you’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first time and have yet to make a turkey. Here are
the best-kept secrets for a juicy, delicious turkey to read up on.

Thoroughly Thaw

Be sure to thaw your turkey thoroughly! This is crucial to an evenly cooked turkey. Do not
thaw your turkey on the counter or in the sink. It’s important to thaw it in the refrigerator. Allow
24 hours for per 4 pounds. This will give you ample time to ensure it Is thoroughly thawed.


Brining is a step many people skip because it seems pointless. However, this will keep
your bird moist when cooking in the oven for several hours. Some simple research will give you
the proper ingredients and measurements for your brine. Do not use your brine for cooking your


Get yourself a meat thermometer. Although it seems like an extra thing to buy for the
holiday, it is relatively inexpensive and can be helpful while cooking in the future.


Basting is another crucial step to ensure a beautifully crispy brown skin. Baste your turkey
every 10 minutes during the last hour of cooking.

Rest the Turkey After Cooking

Allow your turkey to rest after removing it from the oven for 30 minutes. This allows all
the juices to settle, ensuring an incredibly juicy bird.