Whether roasted, fried or grilled, the Thanksgiving turkey is the star. Imagine your family sitting around the table staring at a burned bird. Before you bust out the basting brush, find out if you know what you're doing
What's the best way to thaw a frozen turkey?
The best way to thaw a frozen turkey is to keep it in the refrigerator. Just be sure the juices don't contaminate any other food in the fridge. Leaving the turkey in the sink leaves it at risk for accumulating bacteria. And if you leave it outside, the animals in the neighborhood will have a much better Thanksgiving Day than your family.
At what temperature in the deepest part of the thigh is the turkey ready?
The turkey is table-ready when the thermometer inserted in the deepest part of the thigh reads 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
How often should you baste your turkey while it's in the oven?
Basting the turkey actually won't make the meat any juicier or prevent the skin from drying out. In fact, opening the oven door repeatedly to baste the turkey will only cool down the oven, so you have to cook the turkey for a longer period of time. Before the turkey goes into the oven, rub the skin with oil or cooking spray to keep the skin moist.
How should you prep your turkey before you fry it?
You should never put a turkey in the fryer until it's completely thawed. Any ice crystals that hit the sizzling oil could cause a major explosion that could hurt you, your family and your house.
How long can you keep a thawed turkey in the refrigerator before it spoils?
You can keep a thawed turkey in the refrigerator up to 4 days before it goes bad.
What's the difference between stuffing and dressing?
It really depends on how it's cooked. If it's -- all together now -- stuffed into the bird and then put in the oven, it's called stuffing. If it's cooked on its own and served alongside the turkey, it's called dressing.
How long will the leftovers stay fresh so you can enjoy yummy turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving?
Yes, there is a big difference between three days and two months, but both answers are correct if you've stored your leftovers properly. Any turkey that's kept in the refrigerator should be eaten with three days. However, if you wrap it up and put it in the freezer, you can eat it through Christmas.
What should you cut first when carving the turkey?
The first cut you should make is between the thigh and the rest of the body. Then, separate the thigh and drumstick. From there, you move on to the wings and finally the breast.
What should you do if you notice the breast of the turkey is cooking faster than the wings and legs?
Called a turkey tent, the aluminum foil will detract some of the heat away from the breast to slow the cooking process.
How long can you leave the turkey on the table for your guests to pick at throughout the day?
Two hours is really the maximum you should leave any food on the table. Any longer, and you may be putting your guests at risk of getting sick from bacteria.
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