The worst thing on Thanksgiving is a turkey that is too dry to eat. By following these tips of a juicy turkey you won’t have to worry about a dry turkey.
Do NOT baste the turkey. This actually contrary to popular belief basting completely dries out the turkey. Seriously ya’ll! The trick to this is instead of basting stuff margarine or butter all under the skin of the turkey. The more the better and the more gravy you will end up with. Add herbs to the butter for more distinct flavoring. Onions and bacon can also help to keep the turkey moist as it slowly cooks.
Don’t open and close the oven. This allows the heat out of the oven causing the turkey to take longer to cook. Letting the heat out can also dry out the turkey. Stuff that bird with plenty of butter, onions, and herbs. Slow roast to over night. Sure! A peek here or there isn’t going to hurt because after all we have to check on the turkey but remember the more times you mess with the bird the dryer it will turn out.
Brine a turkey first before cooking it. You can brine a turkey with salt-water solution which absorbs both the salt and the water allowing it to add moisture. It also will help season the turkey.
Lastly, let the turkey sit for a few minutes up to 10 minutes depending on the size of your turkey. The juices when cooking tend to go to the center of the bird but allowing it to rest when it comes out of the oven allows the juices to flow back to other areas. Just make gravy in the meantime!
We hope that ya’ll put these tips to good use and have a wonderful tasty turkey and Happy Thanksgiving!
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