Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is such a labor of love, so the last thing you want when you finally sit down to enjoy the fruits of this labor is a dry turkey!
Thankfully, there are 6 secrets to creating a juicy Thanksgiving turkey!
Here are 6 tricks of the trade, for a juicy turkey! You don’t have to use all six tips, but incorporating at least a couple of these tips will certainly upgrade your next Thanksgiving dinner!
1. Use a Fresh Turkey
Using a fresh turkey is one major secret of roasting a juicy turkey, because fresh turkeys hold moisture better.
Brining a turkey not only enhances the flavor of the entire turkey, but it also keeps it moist.
This is because brining allows the turkey to absorb liquid and even though some of that liquid is lost during cooking, the turkey still ends up with a lot more juice than if it wasn’t brined in the first place.
3. Rub Butter under the Skin
As it melts, it bastes the turkey and adds delicious flavor. You can add herbs and spices to the butter to really make it your own.
4. Truss loosely
If you tie the turkey’s legs too tightly, the turkey takes longer to roast. This, of course, may threaten to dry out the bird. So truss loosely!
5. Roast Upside Down
Placing the turkey, breast side down, on a V-rack for the first hour of roasting essentially allows it to baste itself.
6. Let Turkey Rest
One of the most important secrets to serving a juicy Thanksgiving turkey is to let the bird rest for around 20 minutes after removing it from the oven.
This allows all the juice to redistribute throughout the entire turkey.
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There you go, 6 quick and easy tips to a juicy Thanksgiving turkey! What are your best tips?