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If You Want Your Turkey to Be a Massive Hit This Year, Follow These Tips and You Can't Go Wrong

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, many people are dreading something that is all too common: dry turkey. The problem is that people don't usually cook whole turkeys. These birds are easily dried out. If you follow these simple tips, though, your bird will be perfect.

The first important thing to do is to turn up your oven temperature. If someone told you to cook your turkey 'low and slow', they did you wrong. The more the meat is exposed to heat, the more it'll dry out. Set your oven to 375 and cook it quickly. Slap some foil over it when it achieves your desired brownness.

The second brilliant tip is to nix the oven rack. Kitchen Conundrums cook Tomas Joseph says to use a loaf of bread in half, lengthwise and smear a stick of softened butter all over it. This will keep the turkey from sticking and will help keep the bird buttered and moist. Make sure you season your bird well then, inside and out, so it's oven-ready.

The next secret to a well-cooked bird is to flip it half-way through cooking. Flipping is the only way to really ensure that the bird cooks evenly and the skin browns and crisps all around. Put the bird in the pan, breast-side down, so the breasts rest on those bread slices.

Cook that turkey for about an hour upside-down, then take the tray out of the oven and flip it. Insert a sturdy tool, such as long kitchen tongs or metal serving spoon, into the cavity and use a clean towel to handle the hot poultry. Put the tray back in the oven for about 1 1/2-2 hours, until it registers 170 degrees in the thigh.

Last but certainly not least, you must rest that bird and let the juices redistribute so they don't run out when you slice it. Chef Gordon Ramsey recommends letting a bird rest under a foil tent for the same amount of time you let it cook. Minimum resting time should be an hour, though. This gives you plenty of time to get your sides in the oven and get your gravy done, and your guests will applaud you when they bite into that juicy meat.

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