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Preparing for thanksgiving? Here’s how you roast a turkey right

turkey

What’s a thanksgiving if there isn’t a perfectly roasted turkey on the table right? But cooking this big bird is no easy task even for the most experienced of chefs. There’s storage, thawing and tons of other tasks that need to be done right plus cooking time varies depending on the type of meat you’re using.

One of the best advises I was given before my first thanksgiving dinner as a cook was to roast the bird upside down. It’s not exactly the picture perfect turkey you were hoping for but way better than chunk of dry meat.

Why I roast it upside down and so should you

Apart from not drying the meat out which I have often heard plenty of people complain about when it comes to turkey this technique also is quicker and will eliminate the need for basting.

The cooking’s perfect as the turkey isn’t directly in contact with the heat plus the melting fat and juices from the thigh regions helps with the basting while on the heat itself and also results in faster cooking which in turn saves you plenty of time for other important stuff.

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The Recipe and technique

There isn’t much change to the recipe. The ingredients needed are similar to a roast recipe but first things first make sure you thaw the bird overnight before you put it on the roast.  Get rid of the neck and excess fats and rub the bird with generous amount of salt.

While roasting you can add in some herbs, onions etc. but remember these have no bearing on the taste and are purely for aroma purposes.  Remember to place it breast down on the pan.

A turkey should be roasted to about 160°- 165°F which only can be accurately determined using a digital thermometer. Also make sure all parts like the breast; thighs etc. are equally well cooked.  It usually takes about 2.5-3 hours for a proper roast.

How to brown it

For a picture perfect thanksgiving turkey you’ll also need to brown it right. Most recipes will suggest you to continue to flip it over during the last 20-25 minutes of the cook but that’s more likely only going to results in more burns than brown. To get it perfect with a crisp skin use the broiler.

Confused? Check out more tips below

Serve it like a pro

Last but not he least comes the serving which like your cooking needs to be perfect. Let the turkey still for about 20 mins before carving and place it on a chopping board.

Prep the curry or sauce in the meantime and once done begin by first carving out the thighs and then move onto the drumsticks and other parts. In case of left over it can be stored for about 1-2 months if frozen and about 2-3 days if refrigerated using airtight cases.

Love cooking? Got these 5 countertop appliance yet?

Well not every appliance is perfect for your kitchen. Whether it’s an upgrade or the cheapest or the most expensive there are plenty of factors you need to take into account before you go on a shopping spree. So if you’ve just setup a new kitchen or a restaurant here’s a comprehensive guide about the appliances every kitchen needs.

Slow cookers

One of the most useful pieces of equipment is a cooker and a slow cooker is one you’ll need every day especially on hectic and tiring work days or wintery days when all you need is bowl of hot soup.

Just throw in your favorite ingredients and voila, your favorite soup in minutes, Apart from that stews, potluck dinners etc. a slow cookers is ideal for it all. Opt for models with detachable stoneware attachments for more versatility.

slow_cooker

Espresso Machine

Find the Starbucks coffee too expensive but yet love its taste? In that case a high-end espresso machine is what you’ll need. With these machines you’ll no longer be wasting time standing brewing and grinding coffee beans for hours.

Capable of producing 4-5 coffee cups at one go, it’s exactly the machine one needs to spend some quality time with friends and family on a quiet weekend. It’s minimal effort for maximum quality. Learn to use one below.

 

Toaster ovens

Looking for a quick-fire on the go breakfast? What tastes better than bread toast with some butter and ham or veggies on top isn’t it? But before you get on with that make sure you have a good quality toaster oven.

A toaster oven unlike general belief isn’t a luxury but at times a necessity. It also efficiently heats up buns, bakes cookies, cakes etc. and when required reheats food too.

toaster-oven

Stand Mixer

While a toaster oven is perfectly capable of baking stuff for you it’s important that the dough, batter etc. are prepared correctly and quickly. For this purpose a stand mixer alone is the solution. Whether you need cupcakes, muffins etc. for a party or a large event a stand mixer is the ideal baking partner.

With its tons of attachments and upgrades available at your disposal you can also cover tasks such as grinding, chopping etc. This multi-purpose equipment isn’t one you’d want to leave out. Learn more about my picks for 2016.

 

 

Wine coolers

Another appliance most would consider a luxury but if you love wine and host parties on a regular basis a wine cooler will come in more handy then you first thought. The higher end models come with top notch features such as temperature control as per the bottle etc.

These coolers also store and dispense wine thus your wine stays fresh and exotic even weeks after opening.

wine-cooler

A few other important machines that you’d like to add to your bucket list are blenders, a food processor and soda maker for some yummy mocktails and cocktails. Let us know what you think about it? Did we miss out on something?