When I was 12, for a mysterious reason, my father led my little brothers and me to cook the Thanksgiving turkey. Of course my brothers and I spent the rest of the day playing hide and seek in the back garden and we forgot the humble bird that thawed in the sink.
Then we realized that our father would be back soon. We ran into the kitchen, pushed the turkey into the oven and – arguing that the time was short – set the temperature to 500 ° F.
When our father came back and balanced a tower of pies in one hand, we opened he only used the oven to find a turkey that was black on the outside and raw on the inside. This accident inspired me to make this quick guide about preventing the most common turkey faults and cooking your bird to perfection.
Remember: if all else fails, it is always wise to bring extra cake.
. You do not correctly defrost your frozen turkey
Words of wisdom: do not wait until the day you defrost turkey. As a general rule of thumb, you need at least 24 hours for every five pounds you want to defrost. So if you have a ten-pound turkey, it takes a day and a half before it is thoroughly thawed.
The best method to defrost your turkey is in the refrigerator . Note: this means that your bird – or any other type of meat – may not be thawed on your kitchen counter. According to the USDA:
[While] the center of the package may still be frozen if it defrosts on the kitchen counter, the outer layer of the food may be in the & # 39; danger zone & # 39; are, between 40 and 140 ° F – temperatures at which bacteria multiply
The constant, cold temperature of a refrigerator slows the growth of harmful bacteria and helps your turkey to thaw evenly.
If you are snapped for time, and as a last resort, give the turkey a cold water bath. Make sure it is stored in a leak-proof plastic bag to prevent surrounding bacteria from attacking and changing the water every 30 minutes. Expect to wait 30 minutes for every pound you want to defrost.
2. You forget to season your turkey
Just like a good (or cheap!) Steak, it is important to season your turkey to enhance the taste. Make sure that you season it both indoors and outdoors, while using it as desired in herbs and salt. As The Kitchn points out, the salt breaks down the proteins in the meat, makes it tender and makes it easier to chew.
Pickling and applying a herbal rub to your turkey is an easy way to make it tasteful and soft.  5 common mistakes that ruin your Thanksgiving ” width=”532″ height=”532″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>