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Kitchen Secrets & Tips

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  • You wait too long to buy a turkey
  • You forget that a frozen turkey takes four days to thaw
  • You don't let your turkey come to room temperature before roasting it
  • You don't dry the turkey really well both inside the cavity and on the outside
  • You don't use a roasting rack inside your roasting pan
  • You cook stuffing inside the turkey
  • You roast the turkey at one temperature instead of starting it in a really hot oven and then lowering the heat
  • You "freak out" about the skin browning too quickly and turn down the over temperature
  • You don't use a thermometer
  • You check the temperature at the wrong time and in the wrong place
  • You cook the turkey past 165 degrees
  • You don't let the turkey rest for at least 15 minutes before carving
  • You destroy the turkey when carving (
  • You carve the whole bird even if half of it will be eaten on Thanksgiving
  • You use a huge bird, instead of a smaller bird and favorite parts

Want to know how to correct these common turkey errors? Go to

For Turkey cooking tips, we like this New York Times article about easy turkey preparation.

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