Easy tips to cook turkey are based on common sense, logic and scientific facts. These tips guarantee you will cook and serve the tastiest and juiciest turkey you had ever had. Yes, better than those served and catered from any restaurants.
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All these easy tips to cook turkey are the final products of my spending an entire year of cooking, experiments, trial and error. I cooked so many pounds of turkey with different kinds of cut to get it to perfection.
For more than 10 years after moving to the States, I had never bothered to cook any turkey other than the ground one.
Every year, we have turkey in one of our relatives' house. The turkey is on the dining table at least once a year. But it had never been on my dining table. The meat never appeals to me. Then, one day, I asked myself, "Do you think you can cook your own?"
Since then, I had a mission after the Thanksgiving of 2014. That is cooking the turkey to perfection with crispy skin, tasty and juicy meat. Well, I did cook a lot of turkey within that year after committing myself into this task. The crazy thing was that the turkey was so good that I barely had any leftover every time.
Anyway, what I discovered, there is a lot of science behind it. But it is all about common sense as well that you will understand it easily.
Among these easy tips to cook turkey, the No. 1 rule of thumb is air flow which is related to the turkey stuffing. If you always cook the stuffing inside the bird, you MUST check this tip out.
I know many people like to cook the stuffing inside the cavity of the turkey. If you want to have a tasty and juicy turkey with crispy skin on the outside, no more stuffing inside the bird.
What did I just say? No more stuffing in the bird. Yes, you heard it right. No stuffing inside the bird. Why? It is all about air circulation.
Let's have a daily example. On a very cold winter day, will you open all the windows of your house?
No, other than any special reason, you will keep everything shut tight. This will prevent the cold air coming inside the house. The air flow will change the room temperature from warm to cold.
Apply this same theory in a hot summer day while you have several air conditioners blasting inside the house. I am sure you will keep all the windows shut for the same reason to keep the inside temperature cool. Now, apply this same logic to cooking turkey.
The cavity of the turkey is like 2 open windows of your house allowing the air flowing through the meat to change its temperature in order to cook it through. Does it still sound like rocket science to you? Now, it does make sense, huh?
We buy frozen turkey in the grocery stores most of the time. So, I always thaw it in room temperature. The rule of thumb of thawing is about an hour for a pound. Depending on the room temperature setting, average 65F would do.
What I always do with the frozen turkey...I let it sit either on a baking sheet or in a turkey pan overnight. Then, I don't need to worry about all the raw juices dripping everywhere, but the bake ware.
The larger the turkey, the more difficult to make it sit breast side down and turn it over in the midway. I was still able to do it for a 7-pound one. But if you don't feel comfortable with it, have the breast side up. Do make sure to cook the first and last hour uncovered to seal the juice inside. Cover it with the foil in between.
To cook 10.5 pound whole turkey (4 hours; rest 10 minutes), the first and last hour cooks it uncovered. You only need to cover the turkey under the aluminum foil in between.
3 3/4 pounds Split turkey breast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoon poultry seasonings
1 pinch crushed red pepper
2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 teaspoon Turkey dripping
1 tablespoon butter
2 heaping tablespoon flour
1 1/2 cup chicken/turkey broth
Salt and pepper to taste
8 pounds whole turkey breast or whole turkey (double the quantity of marinade and gravy)
10 pounds whole turkey (triple the quantity of marinade and gravy)
Most people love to save turkey leftover to make sandwiches. But how much sandwich can you eat (or tolerate if you have tons of leftover)? I remember a friend told me that her husband and she had an entire week of turkey sandwiches for dinner just to use up all the leftover.
Well, there are many, many ways to get rid of leftover headache. Here are a couple recipes recommended for you:
Come back later for more turkey leftover recipes.
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