Top 10 Tips For A Fabulous Turkey This Thanksgiving!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with RED Properties NC #129285

Every year at Thanksgiving so many fret over how to cook their Thanksgiving Turkey just right.  Will it be too dry?  Will it get too brown?  How long will it take to defrost?  How can I add flavor?  Well, fret no more……

Here are some easy, fast and fool proof tips to be sure that your Thanksgiving Turkey is spot on perfect this year!

 

1.    Once you put the turkey in the oven DO NOT PEEK!  If you continually open and close the oven door you are increasing your chances of the turkey being dry due to temperature fluctuations.

2.    If your turkey is fresh plan on allowing 10-15 minutes per pound for cooking time in a 350 degree oven of if a defrosted turkey your cooking time will be approximately 20 minutes per pound.

3.    For a crisper turkey skin in the end result unwrap your turkey the night before and leave unwrapped in the refrigerator.

4.    If you need to defrost a turkey be sure to put in the refrigerator AT LEAST 3 days prior to cooking.  PATIENCE is definitely required when it comes to defrosting a turkey!

5.    Don’t over stuff your turkey.  A turkey with denser stuffing will not cook as evenly as one that is loosely stuffed.  There are also debates as to whether to stuff the turkey or not……personally, I do my stuffing on the side which give me a better opportunity to flavor the turkey by stuffing the cavity with other things such as carrots, garlic, celery, onions, etc.  We ALWAYS have fresh herbs for our turkey and simply slide sprigs in under the skin.

6.    Always coat the outside of your turkey with olive oil or vegetable oil and then lightly season with salt and pepper.  Simply “tent” the turkey with foil before placing in the oven to prevent over browning.  About 45 minutes before your turkey is done remove the foil so your turkey can get a beautiful brown skin.

7.    For even roasting your should truss your turkey.  Don’t know how to truss a turkey?  No worries – there is a video at the end of this post.

8.    Your turkey will be done when the internal temperature at the deepest part of the bird (between the leg and the breast) reaches 180 degrees.  If you have stuffed your turkey you need to have the stuffing temperature reach 165 degrees.  Yes, there are turkeys with popup buttons but I just never have trusted them.

9.    Once you remove your turkey from the oven you need to place the foil tent back over it and let it rest for AT LEAST 15 minutes before carving.  This will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the turkey and give you a very moist turkey.

10.ALWAYS use a sharp knife or an electric knife for carving.  A little confused on carving?  Check out the video at the end.

 
  I hope you ALL have a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with friends, family and those you hold dearest to your hearts! 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
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Good morning Leesa,

What great tips.  I seriously am going to print this.  I am not a great cook (yep, I said it!)  This is our first Thanksgiving in our new house, and I'm preparing Thanksgiving Dinner.  OMG, I'm so nervous!  First time ever! I have managed to escape this for 52 years................................  I'm sure I'll have follow up blogs on this. lol

Nov 19, 2011 01:23 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR

Leesa, This is a great step by step informative blog for anyone needing to know what to do to get that turkey done.

Nov 19, 2011 01:23 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Dick & Sandy Beals
Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC - Wilmington, NC

AWESOME!!  they make it look so easy....Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Dick Beals

Nov 19, 2011 01:24 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

DON'T be nervous, Cindy - YOU GOT THIS!  It is always the panic that gets you in the end.  Just breathe and have fun - you'll have an amazing Thanksgiving Dinner.  And HOW did you avoid it for so long????

Nov 19, 2011 02:01 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales

Thanks for the timely tips Leesa, I'll be following your advice on Thursday.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 19, 2011 02:02 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Thanks, Barbara - just doing my part to ensure that everyone has a super wonderful Thanksgiving!  ;)

Nov 19, 2011 04:08 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
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Leesa,

This is a good timely post, especially for new home owners who want to host their first Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks and Have a great Thanksgiving.

Nov 19, 2011 04:36 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Hi, Dick!  YES - that is the comedy of it all, isn't it?  We watch a video - looks easy-peasy and then in real life?  Well, nothing but comedy! 

Nov 19, 2011 12:02 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, Al!!!  Glad I could help bring your Thanksgiving Dinner together!

Nov 19, 2011 12:04 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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Thanks for stopping in, Michele!  I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving!

Nov 20, 2011 07:21 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Laura Cerrano
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hahah this is great, love the videos on how to truss a turkey haha :) I learned that in my old deli I used to work at haha...I did so many it became second nature...and sometimes we would see how fast each other to truss a chicken or turkey hahaha :)

Nov 21, 2011 08:36 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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Too funny, Laura - I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving yesterday and stayed away from the mad rush of Black Friday!

Nov 25, 2011 04:29 AM #12
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Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
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Leesa I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday.  Enjoy the weekend!

Nov 25, 2011 05:32 AM #13
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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I did, Debra and I hope you did as well!  Did you brave the Black Friday wee morning rush?  I was going to and then got scared with I saw some of the news stories - no thank you!  ;)

Nov 25, 2011 06:18 AM #14
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