Turkey Throwdown

Turkey Throwdown

Thanksgiving is TOMORROW!  Where on Earth did time fly?  I'm beside myself.

Fortunately, I got out of cooking for my little family because we are getting picked up tomorrow a.m. to head to NYC to be on Good Morning America Friday morning!  (Yes.  Pinch me...for 2 reason... one to be on GMA and two I got out of cooking! Wahoo! haha)

But that doesn't mean I can't help YOU with your cooking frenzy.

If you are NOT Martha Stewart, like me, then these tips might really come in handy!!

YOU WOKE UP THANKSGIVING MORNING AND FORGOT TO THAW THE TURKEY:

Don't sweat it. 

What to do:

You can speed up the thawing process by placing the wrapped, frozen turkey in your kitchen sink and covering it with cold running water. Use your bathtub if your sink isn't large enough. Drain and refill the water every half hour. The turkey will thaw at the rate of about a half hour for each pound.

Find out more in Buying and Thawing a Turkey.

VIDEO:  How to Thaw a Turkey

THE TURKEY BURNS IN THE ROASTER:

Oh how I hate it when that happens.  Ugh. 

Don't sweat it.

What went wrong:

It could be that your oven needs to be calibrated and that you've been roasting it at a much higher temperature than you thought. (Note to self: purchase an oven thermometer.) Or you may be relying on one of those "pop-ups" to tell you when the turkey is done, which aren't as reliable as a meat thermometer inserted into the turkey.

What to do:

Flip the bird over immediately and continue to cook. When you carve the turkey, begin by removing any blackened skin and about half an inch of the meat below any burnt area. You can then layer slices of the meat on individual dinner plates (outside the view of your guests), ladle gravy spiced with a little cayenne pepper on top and call it your special "Cajun Smoked Turkey."

THE TURKEY IS AS DRY AS THE GRISWOLDS!!

What went wrong:

The turkey breast meat often dries out before the drumsticks are cooked. Trussing may also have been the culprit: trussing is really only required to help keep stuffing in the bird. Trussing an unstuffed bird will lead to less air circulation in the cavity, the dark meat will take longer to cook and the breast meat has a better chance of drying out.

What to do:

Cover your turkey slices with extra gravy. Leftover dry meat is perfect for BBQ, stews or turkey salads.

 

WANNA KNOW WHY I'M SO SMART!?!?!

Hack.  It wasn't me but TimeDog and their brilliant 'holiday helpers' that passed this great info along to me!

Check them out for SURE to make your holiday season EASIER!!