Six Secrets to the Perfect Roast Turkey

November 13, 2011

The turkey is the star at the Thanksgiving dinner table, so getting the bird right is essential. Follow these six tips and tricks on how to cook the perfect turkey and you're sure to have a crowd-pleasing bird this Thanksgiving! Do you have any turkey cooking tips? Share them with us in the comment section.

1. Brine Your Turkey:  By process of osmosis, the brine will flavor the bird as well as keep it moist.  Learn how by watching this video.

2.  Flavor The Bird: Make sure to adequately salt and pepper the turkey and fill the cavity with aromatic vegetables, herbs, and lemons.

3. Keep the Turkey Dry: Don't forget to pat down the turkey before putting it in the oven.  The excess moisture will prevent the skin from getting crisp. (This does not include fat).

4. Use a Thermometer: A thermometer is the best way to check for doneness. It should register 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the bird.

5. Start the Oven High and then Lower the Temperature: Start the turkey at 425 degrees F to help crisp the skin for 20 minutes and then lower to 350 degrees F until cooked through.

6. Let the Turkey Rest: I know you'll be hungry but letting the turkey rest will allow the juices to redistribute so that it will be moist and flavorful.

*These same tips go for roasting a chicken!

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pat rutter's picture

These are wonderful ideas. I have a new oven and it really makes that difference. I will stuff that bird yu said..flavorful veg's, onion, celery, lemon...a good one, but...NO BEETS! :)