Make a Juicy and Flavorful Turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner The turkey is the highlight of the Thanksgiving dinner. It's the star of the show. If you do the turkey right, even little mishaps with the side dishes will be forgiven. If the turkey meat is...

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner
Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

The turkey is the highlight of the Thanksgiving dinner. It's the star of the show. If you do the turkey right, even little mishaps with the side dishes will be forgiven. If the turkey meat is dry and tough, nothing else matters. How do you make a turkey that wows? Make it juicy and flavorful. Here's how you can make a juicy and flavorful turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

Fresh is Better

Sure, a frozen turkey costs less but the benefits of a fresh one triumph. A frozen turkey may have freezer burns and what's more, freezing it dries out the meat. Buying a fresh turkey is your best bet.  Place your order with your local grocery store or specialty meat store to ensure you'll get it on time.

Brining

Food experts suggest brining to ensure a juicy turkey. To begin with, make brine solution by mixing one cup of salt with one gallon of cold water. Make enough to submerge the bird (a big pot helps) and leave it overnight in the fridge. The salt draws the natural juices of the bird. To make it flavorful, add fresh herbs or spices to the brine.

Use the Thermometer

An overcooked turkey will result in dry meat. Use a thermometer (either instant-read or probe-style) to make sure the bird is cooked just enough. To test doneness, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh; if it reads 170 degrees, it's done.

Season It Well

If the turkey is under-seasoned, it can taste flat and blah. Pick herbs and spices that go well with turkey such as sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley, cayenne, pepper, lemon juice, among others. The resulting flavor will be delightful.

Allow it to Cool

Allowing the turkey to cool down (about 20 to 30 minutes) will result in juicy meat. Why? The heat from the oven causes the juice to move to the center of the bird. Allowing the turkey to cool will help to redistribute the moisture and make it evenly moist.

Put these tips to work and make a juicy, flavorful turkey. For more information on how to make the best Thanksgiving dinner ever, feel free to contact us.