We at First Place Apartments care about your culinary success. That’s why we’re giving our best turkey cooking tips to craft the tastiest turkey in downtown!
Preparation is Key
Be sure to give yourself ample time (by time we mean DAYS) to prepare. A frozen turkey needs several days to thaw, depending on size. If you’re unsure about the proper turkey thaw timing, refer to our helpful chart below with information from Butterball.com.
If you’re pressed for time, purchase a fresh bird; you can keep it in the fridge for up to 4 days before cooking.
Repeat after us: everybody should brine. Brine is a salt water solution usually mixed with stock, vegetables, and seasonings that help keep your bird at its moistest. Brine solutions can range from a simple salt water mixture to an elaborate family recipe, so choose yours wisely. Want our pick? Try this excellent example from the Food Network.
Make sure you allow enough time to properly cook your turkey. Turkeys take about 15 to 20 minutes per pound to cook at the correct temperature. Let’s do that math—that’s about 5 hours for a 20 pound bird!
Turkey Seasoning Success
There are numerous recipes floating around for creating the perfect turkey. If you want to go rogue and do it on your own, here are some basic seasonings and spices that go well with poultry:
- Chile powder
Need it simplified? You can’t go wrong with a pre-made poultry seasoning. After it’s placed in the pan just pat dry, and then sprinkle on your seasonings. Pour a bit of olive oil over the bird, or place several pats of butter on.
Post-Oven Turkey Care
Once your bird is done make sure you let it rest for at least 20 minutes to let the juices flow through the meat. Start with the legs and thighs first in carving, and then go from there. Another great recommendation is separating the light meats from the dark.
Make sure you put leftovers back in the refrigerator within a couple of hours and wrap well so you can enjoy them later! Need recipe ideas? Just check out our pins!
We hope this helps ease your anxiety over cooking this Thanksgiving! Do you have a favorite brine or bird recipe to share? Let us know on our Facebook page!