Thanksgiving turkey. It’s probably the most stress-inducing part of this holiday meal. Mainly because you probably only cook a giant, unwieldy bird one time a year (twice if it’s essential to your Christmas dinner.) That’s not often enough to really inspire confidence in even the best cook. And because it’s usually the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, the threat of screwing up the turkey is the biggest worry for holiday chefs. Thankfully, there are tons of helpful turkey cooking hacks to help you manage your bird like a pro.
Whether you want to eliminate the need for basting or make your turkey cook faster to save prep time, there’s a helpful tip for you. These why-didn’t-I-think-of-that ideas will save you time and stress on the holiday, so you’ll have more time to spend chatting with family and friends and actually eating your delicious creation. With these Turkey cooking hacks, a restful holiday is possible even for the chef.
So if you’re ready to serve up the juiciest, most tender turkey ever, here are 13 hacks for cooking the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. (Bonus tip: Don’t drop a frozen turkey into a deep fryer. It will create a fireball and pretty much ruin your Thanksgiving.)