7 Tips for a Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey


Whether you're a seasoned Thanksgiving turkey chef or it's your first time to make a turkey this Thanksgiving, check out our 7 cool tips to make that perfect Thanksgiving Turkey:  1. Try dry brining instead of wet. Use salt, pepper, lemon powder, garlic powder and dried oregano leaves. Generously mix these spices all together, about 1 to 2 teaspoon each depending on the size of your turkey before throwing the turkey in the oven.  2. Minimize opening your oven to check for doneness of your Turkey. By consistently opening your oven you're actually significantly affecting the temperature of the oven that can in turn affect how your turkey are cooked.   3. Lock in the juices of your Turkey by using a Turkey bag or if you like to use an aluminum foil, make sure that you tent it so the foil is not sticking on the turkey skin, and there's enough internal space for the moisture to rotate on.  4. Twelve to Twenty pounds turkey usually cook between 3.5 to 4.5 hours. Check for doneness by using a thermometer, and it should read around 165 to 170 F, insert the thermometer at the thigh.  5.  Rubbing butter all over the Turkey prior to throwing it in at the oven will help keep your turkey moist. You can also add two tablespoons of Teriyaki, if you prefer a little sweetness on the skin.  6. Add cut broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onions, potatoes and bellpepper, on the sides of your Turkey midway while cooking it for an even richer and tastier Turkey center piece.  7. Use fresh herbs like rosemary, oregano and thyme and insert it in your turkey for a more tastier and unique flavor.