Here are five common mistakes when it comes to cooking turkey!
1. Not giving the turkey enough time to thaw
If you're using a frozen turkey, whatever you do, don't wait until the day before Thanksgiving to take it out of the freezer. Remember, frozen turkeys take at least three to four days to completely thaw.
2. Turning the oven temperature too high
Crispy skin is one of the highlights of the turkey. But, there's no need to start the cooking at a high temperature. This will only lead to burnt skin and under-cooked meat.
3. Putting the turkey in the oven too early
If dinner is at three o'clock in the afternoon there's no reason to put your turkey in the oven at sunrise. Yes, turkey does take a long time to cook, but you don't want it to sit out for too long before serving.
4. Not using a meat thermometer
Meat thermometers are the most accurate way to determine when the turkey is fully cooked. Even if your bird comes with one of those pop-up timers, it's best not to rely on that alone.
5. Throwing out the pan drippings
The drippings that are left in the bottom of the roasting pan after cooking the turkey, are liquid gold. Think of them as the flavor equivalent of winning the lottery. So, whatever you do, don't throw them away.
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