Tips for the Perfect Thanksgiving

Let's talk turkey: from defrosting to leftovers


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Tips for the Perfect Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is the quintessential holiday for the United States. It's a celebration of all we have in this country from wild rice, corn, and squash to family, friends, and football. It’s about in-laws, nosy neighbors, and more children than you usually see in a year. It's also a holiday of contradictions, as we come together to celebrate, and give thanks for, successfully surviving another year. Frequently, we are brought to the table with people we would prefer not to see, yet with whom we share so much. And the greatest contradiction of all? On this day of feasting we very frequently look forward to the leftovers more than the main course.

In getting ready for the big holiday, I thought it would be helpful to provide a round-up of tips to help you roast the perfect turkey: one that’s moist, delicious, and wholesome. I can’t help you choose your bird, but these helpful hints should turn any turkey into a great centerpiece for your holiday table.

I’ve included a recipe that always produces a moist bird with nicely crisp skin as well as guides to defrosting a frozen bird and storing your leftovers.

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  • Snooth User: guyswines
    304260 1

    I just thought that at this present time you could change "survive another successful year" to successfully survive another year". on behalf of us on the wrong side of the ocean, have a great Thanksgiving.
    Guy Ripley
    Bordeaux - France

    Nov 24, 2010 at 2:23 PM

  • Snooth User: vgfree
    450711 8

    I must have missed something. It said that you need to add an extra 17min. per pound. But how many minutes per pound all together?

    Nov 24, 2010 at 6:21 PM

  • Snooth User: SanHoff
    580540 5

    17 additional min. per pound....after the initial 25 min. at 425 degrees when you turn the oven temp down, then calculate 17 min. per pound for the remaining time to cook. A 14 lb turkey would be an additional 238 min at 275 degrees. (apprx. 4 hrs.). Total cook time would be 4 hrs. 25 min.

    Nov 24, 2010 at 11:03 PM

  • Snooth User: jemmie
    127427 2

    On the first page you say the turkey should cook for the initial 25 minutes in a 475 degree oven. Then in response to a comment about timing, you say it should cook at 425 degrees for the first 25 minutes. Which is the correct number?

    Nov 25, 2010 at 1:53 PM

  • Snooth User: Catherine Gin
    Hand of Snooth
    592568 297

    guyswines, thanks for spotting that -- now fixed. We hope that people are enjoying successful years so far!

    jemmie, if you were cooking the turkey yesterday, I hope you managed to go with what the recipe called for -- the initial 25 minutes at 475F.

    Nov 26, 2010 at 3:34 PM

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