Need a few tips on tackling a turkey?

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:28:16 PM. A whole turkey is probably the biggest thing most of us will ever cook. And since most of us only do it once a year, a refresher course is in order.
A whole turkey is probably the biggest thing most of us will ever cook. And since most of us only do it once a year, a refresher course is in order. Here are answers to the questions that pop up every year when tackling that Thanksgiving feast: Q: What size turkey should I buy? A: Tally the number of guests and figure about 1 pound of turkey per person or 1 1 / 2 pounds if you want leftovers. A 15-pound turkey should be enough for 10 people. If your guests prefer more breast meat, buy a larger turkey. They generally have more breast meat. Q: How do I thaw the turkey? A: Allow at least 24 hours of thawing time for each 5 pounds of turkey. Always thaw the bird in the refrigerator in its original wrapping, never at room temperature. Warm temperatures promote bacteria growth. If you forget to take the turkey out of the freezer in time to thaw it in the refrigerator, here’s a safe cold-water thawing method. Place the turkey in its unopened packaging in the sink and cover it completely with cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes. Rotate the bird occasionally and allow 30 minutes of thawing time per pound. A 10-pound turkey will take at least 5 hours to thaw using this method. Q: What about a fresh turkey? A: No thawing necessary, obviously. But the USDA says you must cook a fresh turkey within two days of purchase or freeze it. Q: How do I prepare the turkey for roasting? A: Take the turkey out of the refrigerator and remove the wrapping. Remove the neck and giblets from...Read more
Share this

You might also like

Similar