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New Post 11/11/2011 11:44 AM
  mary22
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Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey 
For those planning on roasting turkey for Thanksgiving, here are some tips to help you:

1. Instead of roasting the turkey immediately, put it in a deep pan with a grill and then pour some water in it. Cover the turkey and pan with foil and put it in the oven for an hour and a half. This will help cook your turkey through and still keep it moist.
2. Remove the foil and then roast it in the oven for another hour or until you get the nice golden color for the skin, regularly basting it with butter.
3. Make the stuffing separately. Use a bit of the drippings for that nice turkey flavor. Not only will it be a lot easier to cook. The cavity inside the turkey has got a lot of bacteria in it that can transfer onto your stuffing while it's cooking.

Happy Thanksgiving!
 
New Post 11/13/2011 11:27 PM
  Maggie
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Re: Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey 
Thanks for sharing this mary! I'm gonna try that this coming Thanksgiving.
 
New Post 11/15/2011 8:32 PM
  josh54
110 posts




Re: Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey 
My wife separates the red meat areas and cooks them separately from the white meat areas since the white meat cooks at a different time as red meat. That way, the entire turkey remains moist. If we got guests coming over for Thanksgiving, she just sticks it back together for presentation with toothpicks.
 
New Post 11/16/2011 7:26 AM
  madidi
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Re: Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey 
 mary22 wrote
For those planning on roasting turkey for Thanksgiving, here are some tips to help you:

1. Instead of roasting the turkey immediately, put it in a deep pan with a grill and then pour some water in it. Cover the turkey and pan with foil and put it in the oven for an hour and a half. This will help cook your turkey through and still keep it moist.
2. Remove the foil and then roast it in the oven for another hour or until you get the nice golden color for the skin, regularly basting it with butter.
3. Make the stuffing separately. Use a bit of the drippings for that nice turkey flavor. Not only will it be a lot easier to cook. The cavity inside the turkey has got a lot of bacteria in it that can transfer onto your stuffing while it's cooking.

Happy Thanksgiving!


I do this as well, but instead of roasting it, I've gone into deep frying my turkey instead. Yeah, I know it's not as healthy. But considering the huge amount of side dishes that you eat, a little bit of fried bird won't hurt. Not to mention it's a lot juicier and more delicious.
 
New Post 11/16/2011 8:28 PM
  lizzpreto
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Re: Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey 
I agree, steaming the turkey before roasting it helps cook most of the meat so that it stays a bit juicier. I usually steam mine using orange juice mixed with some chicken stock instead of just plain water. Aside from giving it more flavor, I noticed that it somehow makes the meat a lot juicier and softer. At the same time, it makes making the gravy a lot easier too since it's the orange juice caramelizes while it's steaming so you barely need anything to thicken up the gravy later on.
 
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