No-Fail Tips for a Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey

Never end up with a dry bird again!

No-Fail Tips for a Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey

By Toni Gasparis

The turkey is always the centerpiece of a Thanksgiving meal. But it can be hard to cook and can often turn out dry, spoiling the main event of your dinner. Luckily, Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster from America's Test Kitchen and the new series, The Dish, have some great tips and tricks to make your turkey come out perfectly every time.

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Use Cheesecloth to Baste Your Bird

Instead of basting your turkey the usual way, try a simple hack with the help of a cheesecloth. Start by soaking the cheesecloth in melted butter. Next, brush any remaining butter on top of the bird and cover the breasts with the cheesecloth to prevent the top skin from burning. Drop your oven temperature to 350° F and place your turkey in the center, letting it cook for about 12 minutes per pound. After roughly two hours, take the cheesecloth off and place the turkey back in the oven for the remaining time. Cooking time will vary based on the size of the turkey so keep a careful eye on it to avoid drying it out.

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