Turkey Cooking Tips and Techniques

Meals can get monotonous and a change from daily routine becomes the necessity! Surprise your folks by cooking a Turkey.
| Thursday, May 13, 2010
Turkey is one of the most popular delicacies enjoyed by people all over the world. Christmas, Thanksgiving Day etc are the occasions on which people celebrate by cooking a Turkey.

The cooking procedures vary as per the taste of the people. There are many ways of cooking a Turkey. Follow some simple cooking tips and you can relish an excellent recipe.

1. Handling a Turkey

  1. When it comes to handling meat and meat products, one should be careful enough to avoid any kind of contamination that can lead to its spoilage.
  2. While buying a Turkey, do not forget to check the expiry date. Stale products are dangerous to consume.
  3. Once bought from the market, the Turkey needs to be kept covered in the refrigerator. Defrosting should not be done at room temperature as it causes spoilage. It is advisable to make use of a cold water bath or refrigerator for defrosting.

2. Stuffed turkey

  1. Before stuffing, the Turkey needs to be cleaned with cold water and any fat remaining within the cavity needs to be removed.
  2. The water must be drained using clean towels and the cavity must be sprinkled with salt and pepper.
  3. The stuffing should be ideally prepared just before roasting. The dressing must be loosely stuffed into the cavity.
  4. The Turkey then should be placed on its back in the frying pan with the legs and tail tied with a string to partially close the opening.
  5. Vegetable oil is then to be applied all over the turkey. The spices and herbs can be sprinkled over the surface of the Turkey.
  6. Once all the procedures are done, a meat Thermometer is to be placed near the thigh without touching the bone. An Aluminum foil is to be used to lightly cover and the Turkey is finally ready to be roasted at 180 degrees F for about 30 minutes.
  7. Once out from the oven, place it covered for about 10 minutes. Prepare the turkey gravy in the meanwhile and also empty the dressing from the body cavity. The turkey is finally ready to be served for the occasion. 

3. Leftovers

  1. Without delaying much, the leftovers should be stored in an appropriate manner.
  2. The turkey must be stored separately while the gravy and stuffing separately.
  3. The stored leftovers need to be consumed in a day or two. 

4. Barbequed turkey

  1. Grilling the Turkey on a Barbeque requires skill. One needs to constantly monitor the heat and the temperature.
  2. The procedure of thawing the frozen Turkey remains the same, so does the processes following thawing i.e., stuffing the body cavity.
  3. Barbeque sauces available in the market, add the tongue tingling magic to the recipe.

Turkey is one of the best party recipes as well. There are loads of party Turkey recipes available around through sources like internet, recipe books etc. you can make a blend of the various ideas available to make your own creative one.

There is no end to Turkey cooking techniques. Newer recipes keep pouring in year by year, some of which may be appreciated some may not be. A Turkey can be grilled, roasted, fried, boiled or even barbequed. Turkey cooking techniques are not at all difficult and any layman can just go about trying it out. Remember that a ‘Perfect Turkey’ is the one which is juicy and not dry, so a little caution while cooking is important to earn you compliments.

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