There are countless recipes for trimmings that surround the turkey, but for this blog post I am going to share some basic pointers that will yield a simply delicious and moist bird.
From my family to yours, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
1. Invest in a good roasting pan. It will last you for years.
2. If your budget allows, go organic. This is just pure flavor and the real taste of turkey.
3. It will take you about three days to defrost a 12-pound turkey. Defrost it in the refrigerator while still in the packaging.
4. Handle a raw turkey with the same care as raw chicken.
5. The size of your turkey should be about one pound per guest minimum.
6. If you choose to fill your turkey with stuffing, fill it loosely into the cavity. This will allow an easy air flow and proper heating.
7. Excessive basting simply serves to moisten the skin of the turkey but does not really penetrate to the meat. Save the greater part of your basting until the end of roasting time in order give your skin a nice golden color.
8. Your turkey is done when your meat thermometer reads 170° F while inserted into the thickest part of the turkey breast. The turkey juices should be clear.
9. Allow the turkey to settle for 30 minutes before carving.
10. When you are finally sitting down with your family and friends to give thanks, I suggest a Pinot Noir or Riesling, and then toast to the beautiful things in your life!