There’s No Excuse to Not Have a Turkey on Thanksgiving—-Thanks to This Handy Guide

Cooking any massive meal can be a huge pain in the rump roast. That’s especially true when it’s for a holiday as hallowed as Thanksgiving where an entire meal can be marred by simply serving a bad turkey. Be thankful because we’ve found a full proof guide to cooking the perfect bird. [Image via ReneS/Flickr]

The folks at Lifehacker have put together the definitive guide to prepping, basting and roasting a Thanksgiving turkey and the best part is that you don’t have to spend two whole days sitting in front of your oven to make sure it’s perfect. All you need is some preparation.

The secret is to brine the turkey before you put it in the oven. Simply put your raw turkey in a large pot filled with two gallons of cold water and one cup of salt. Then let it sit in a refrigerator for six to 12 hours. This will make the skin crispier and the meat juicier and more flavorful after it’s been roasting in the oven for a few hours.

So now when your friends come over who couldn’t make it home for Thanksgiving, you can put away those turkey sandwiches that simply serve as a feeble substitute for a real Thanksgiving meal. Instead, you can have the nice, juicy, plump, delicious turkey that your mother made every year but without all the guilt that the rest of your family usually brings to the table.

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