Before your friends and family gather around your dinner table for a Thanksgiving feast, here are three tips you need to know for the perfect turkey.
The Turkey Tips
- Be delicate with the deep fry. While deep-fried turkey is a delicious holiday treat, the process can be a dangerous one. First, don’t deep fry in your apartment or on your balcony. The safest place to deep fry a turkey is outside in an open space, like a friend or family member’s backyard. Second, make sure your turkey is completely thawed before placing it into the oil. If part of the turkey is still frozen, it could start a massive fire. Also, don’t use too much oil and make sure you place the bird in slowly. Dropping it into too much oil, too fast will increase the risk of a turkey explosion.
- Brine, don’t baste. The turkey baster may be a Thanksgiving staple, but it actually does more harm than good. Opening the oven door to baste the turkey causes the bird’s temperature to drop, which over time will dry it out. So ditch the baster and brine it instead, using a recipe like the one at this link.
- Swap stuffing for vegetables. Instead of literally stuffing the stuffing inside the turkey, prepare it in a separate pan. This will not only help keep the bird moist, but it will free up space to stuff it with onions, celery, carrots, and herbs that add incredible flavor. Then, after the vegetables are done cooking, add them to the gravy.
Now that you have these turkey tips, it’s time to put them to use. Share pictures of your Thanksgiving meal with us on Twitter @WiltonMetro #TurkeyTime.