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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Turkey Baking Tips
Try these easy tips to make sure your holiday turkey is perfect!

A beautiful juicy turkey is the centerpiece of most holiday meals. From Thanksgiving, to Christmas even on Easter, turkey is one of the most coveted meat dishes in this country. Turkeys can be cooked in a variety of ways, but is most traditionally baked.

It's best to follow the cooking directions on your turkey for it's weight!

Picture of turkey is from here

-If you are not stuffing the turkey with a dressing try putting an onion that has been peeled and halved, two celery stalks and a few sticks of carrots inside the turkey before you bake it. Don't forget to take the vegetables out of the turkey before presentation. They are just used for flavoring during baking.

-If you don't have anything in particular in mind try making a mixture of olive oil and salt/pepper to taste. You can even put in minced garlic if you like. Massage the oil mixture underneath the skin of the turkey and on the outside. Be careful not to rip the skin!
This is an easy way to season your turkey and help make sure it is juicy throughout!

-To help ensure the inside is cooked well loosely cover the turkey with aluminum foil for the first half of the cooking process. Take the foil off and finish the cooking process. This is also a good time to start regularly basting the turkey.

-Don't discard the drippiings from the turkey. Besides basting, these turkey drippings help to make delicious gravies and wonderfully moist stuffings and dressings.

-It's best to allow the turkey to rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.

These easy tips can help make your turkey the easiest and less stressful part of your meal. Remember that baking a turkey is just like baking a chicken. The only difference is that a turkey has to be baked a lot longer because it is bigger than a chicken. So don't stress. Sit back and enjoy baking your turkey!

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