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Top Cooking Tips for Roasting the Perfect Turkey

April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 78

Roasting a turkey isn't a meal just for serving at Christmas or Thanksgiving. Turkey not only tastes great all year long, but you'll often discover that its leftovers provide you with sandwiches and addition meals for several days afterward. Of course, you want to make sure that you cook the turkey properly, or you risk it becoming dry and undesirable. Fortunately, implementing a few cooking tips will ensure that your bird is superbly roasted.

First, make sure that you remove the giblets from the turkey and rinse the turkey out. You don't have to throw the giblets away if you prefer not to waste them, as many cooks like to use them to make homemade gravy.

Second, give your bird a light coating of oil after you set it in your roasting pan. As several food blogs will point out, this is a great way to get your seasonings to stick to the turkey. It also aids the turkey in browning up nicely.

Third, pour two cans of chicken broth in the bottom of your roasting pan instead of water. Again, this will increase the flavor of your turkey. Once the turkey has finished cooking, you can also use this broth to create a mouthwatering gravy.

Fourth, you'll need to make use of your food thermometer. According to the FDA, your turkey isn't safe to eat until after it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you use the meat thermometer in the thickest part of the turkey's breast to get an accurate reading. Of all of the cooking tips, this is the most important.

Finally, determine how long you need to cook your turkey based on how many pounds the turkey weighs. Divide that time in half, and then baste your turkey every 30 minutes during the beginning half. For example, if your turkey needs to roast for a total of 4 hours, baste up until the 2 hour mark. That keeps the skin from drying out prematurely. The last 2 hours without basting allows for the skin to become nice and brown with a bit of a crisp.

You can access a few food blogs if you want to locate recipes for the leftover turkey. You could make creamed turkey over toast, a turkey and bacon sandwich, or create a turkey casserole. With so many options, you'll almost want to make sure you purchase an extra large turkey to guarantee that you have leftovers.

For more cooking tips on the best way to roast your turkey, check out our food blogs at http://simplyfoodndrink.com/.

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