Each month we post a new tip for you to use in the kitchen. We appreciate your comments and experiences with them.
This month's tip is: Cooking a Turkey
1. Keep the stuffing on the
Chances are the Thanksgivings of your childhood featured a stuffing cooked
right in the cavity of the turkey. Go ahead and use your family recipe,
but we suggest you cook the stuffing in a separate pan. Cooking the
stuffing in the turkey can provide fertile ground for the growth of
harmful bacteria. In addition, a stuffed turkey will take longer to cook,
which could result in drier white meat. Instead, loosely fill the turkey
with aromatics such as onions and herbs, and cook the stuffing separately.
2. To tie or not to tie.
To help ensure that poultry cooks evenly, many professional cooks like to
truss their birds, which is just a fancy term for tying them up. While
it's not a necessary step in cooking a terrific turkey, it can be fun to
show off your culinary skills at home. Simply tuck the wings of the turkey
under the body and tie the legs together with kitchen string to create a
3. Rub the turkey with Olive Oil.
Before putting it in the oven, make sure the skin of the turkey is as dry
as possible, and then rub it all over with the best quality Olive Oil. For
even moister meat, place pats of butter under the skin.