(NC)—You spend a lot of time preparing your meal, your home, and yourself for the Thanksgiving feast. Let the Butterball experts shed some light on how to make cooking and preparing easy. Here are some simple tips that will help you shine in the kitchen.
1. Preheat oven to 325°F/165°C.
2. Remove the neck from the body cavity and the giblets from the neck cavity. Drain the juices and blot with clean paper towels to remove excess liquid.
3. Place the turkey, breast side up, in a shallow roasting pan.
4. Brush the skin with cooking oil or spray with cooking spray to prevent the skin from drying. Basting is unnecessary.
5. Just before roasting, lightly stuff the neck and body cavities. Do not overstuff.
6. Wash preparation utensils and your hands in hot, soapy water following contact with uncooked turkey and juices. Make sure to thoroughly clean work surfaces to avoid cross contamination.
7. Roast at 325°F/165°C. When the skin is light golden brown, about 2/3 done, shield the breast loosely with a piece of lightweight foil to prevent overcooking.
8. Check for doneness 30 minutes before turkey is expected to be done. Turkey is fully cooked when the thigh's internal temperature is minimum 180°F/83°C and the center of the stuffing is a minimum 165°F/75°C.
9. Let the turkey stand for 15 minutes before carving.
10. Keep the Turkey Talk-Line number handy (1-800-BUTTERBALL).
- News Canada