10 Turkey Tips You Need to Know

Take Thanksgiving turkey to the next level with these helpful tips for how to source, cook and serve a traditional holiday entrée.

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Source Responsibly

Check out this helpful list to aid your search for a perfect bird that has no antibiotics, pesticides or other additives. It provides locations where you can find carefully and ethically raised turkeys. Along with the farms mentioned, you can also search for farms that are certified or affiliated with animal or environmental farm standards to ensure that you only serve the best to guests.

Proper Thawing

Take the confusion out of turkey thawing this year. Take the turkey out of the freezer three days prior to serving and store it in the refrigerator with the original packaging intact. Unwrap the turkey the day before preparing it and leave it uncovered inside the fridge while thawing completes. This method guarantees a crispy finish after cooking. Weight, time available and other factors could change the process so check here for more details.

Brine It Up

This recipe helps take turkey to a whole new level of tender, juicy flavor. Brining in salt or broth helps the bird absorb moisture prior to cooking which allows for an exceptionally moist result. This method requires time to fully take effect so get started early. Get full instructions here.

Get Grilling

Take your kitchen outdoors by roasting the holiday turkey on the grill. Prep and season the turkey then skip heating the oven. Preheat the grill to 450 and get roasting for a special smoky flavor that can't be achieved indoors. Click here for more instructions.

The Deep Fry

Frying a turkey is one way to get a delicious result without hours of roasting time. As long as you follow safety precautions, you can fry your turkey in a little over an hour. It's important to be sure the turkey is completely thawed before introducing it to hot oil and it must remain closely supervised during cook time. The crispy and flavorful results can't be topped. Get full instructions here.

Smoking Hot Bird

Get exceptional flavor that your guests won't soon forget by smoking this year's bird. This method takes about the same amount of time as roasting in the oven, but a bit more attention to keep the flame going. Get full instructions here.

Citrus and Herb-Roasted Turkey and Gravy

Forget boring turkey this Thanksgiving — try a citrus-flavored one instead. This recipe tests your taste buds with unexpected zesty ingredients like oranges and lemons. Get the recipe here.

White Wine Turkey

Impress your guests with this simple white wine turkey recipe. It features notes of sage and citrus for a result that is bursting with fresh flavors. This easy-to-execute recipe will take your turkey to the next level. Get the recipe here.

Sweeten it Up

Add something sweet to your turkey this year with this golden raisin and cranberry chutney. This perfect pairing will add the right amount of sweetness to a savory turkey. This traditional Thanksgiving staple can be served as a topping or on the side. Get the recipe here.

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Club

Have leftover turkey during the holidays? Try this simple recipe by turning that leftover turkey into a glorious sandwich. Get the recipe here.

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