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How do I safely deep fry a turkey?

I've seen all the videos of deep fried turkey fireballs. but I've also heard deep fried turkey is really great. How do I safely deep fry a turkey? What causes the explosions?
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How long do you let a turkey rest after cooking?

I have heard mixed advice on how long you should let a turkey rest after cooking. Last year my wife and I watched a Thanksgiving cooking show with Gordon Ramsey and he said you should let the ...
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Grilled Turkey and Gravy

I'd like to grill my turkey this Thanksgiving. Cook's Illustrated's method has you put the turkey on a V-Rack on the grill. If I do this I won't have any pan drippings for my gravy. Is there an ...
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Cooking turkey with high-voltage arc [closed]

I'm hungry at a power substation. All I have is a 13-pound turkey and these air-interrupt breakers. How long does the turkey have to sit in the arc before it's done?
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What is the ideal fake turkey substitute for a vegan Thanksgiving?

While recently experimenting with a seitan based fake turkey, I was curious if I was even pursuing the right media for making a fake vegan turkey. With respect to the following characteristics, what ...
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How can I make a vegan turkey-skin substitute?

I recently tried to practice making a Seitan based vegan turkey tube using this recipe. To test results for different cooking methods, I split the final dough in half before baking, made one that was ...
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Dry Brining Turkey

I have dry brined my Thanksgiving turkey for several years with great success. I usually do this for 3 days (start the process Monday AM then air dry in fridge for 24 hours before meal on Thursday). ...
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Cooking a Turkey crown

I have a question about roasting a turkey crown. I've seen plenty of advice on cooking a whole turkey, but nothing on turkey crowns. Does the same advice for whole turkeys apply to crowns? Cooking ...
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Keep or remove skin when grinding poultry?

After reading this I made "burgers" with ground chicken thigh. (Didn't have turkey thighs handy.) I have the feeling chicken thighs have plenty of fat, so less likely to dry out than turkey, but it ...
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Can I brine a self-basting turkey?

I was planning to brine my turkey but I realise that I bought a self-basting turkey. According to most websites, brining a self-basting turkey is a big "no". But has anyone brine a self-basting ...
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How can I get brine flavour into turkey?

Since I started doing holiday dinners, I've always brined my birds. I love the result, but I find that while the turkey comes out nice and moist, it doesn't pick up much flavour from the brine. For ...
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Why did my Turkey Stock turn into gelatin?

We took our left-over turkey carcass and parts and simmered them for a few hours with water in a pot with some herbs and veggies. After removing the solids, and separating the fat, we placed it in ...
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What are the options for thawing a frozen turkey?

I'm aware of a few methods (many days in the refrigerator, hours under cold water, etc.) for thawing a whole turkey before cooking it. However, I don't know how these methods balance against each ...
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how long to cook a turkey per pound

I'm cooking a turkey for thanksgiving for the first time. I've got a beautiful 11 lb turkey and according to the websites I found, I should cook it for about three hours. When I asked my girlfriend's ...
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Is it safe to fully cook a stuffed turkey the night before thanksgiving?

If I empty the cavity of stuffing after I cook it thoroughly, and reheat the turkey and stuffing separately the next day, will its consumption be hazardous?
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How to identify turkey liver

Making turkey gravy - the recipe says to not use the liver. How can I identify the liver from the magical bag of turkey bits? I ended up with 4 things. The first looked like 2 organs connected by ...
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Baked Stuffing and cooking the turkey

I need to roast my thanksgiving turkey in the oven. I also want to make stuffing but not in the bird. Every recipe I've looked at requires an hour of cooking. I'm not sure how to make that work. I ...
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How long will a whole turkey keep in a refrigerator?

My daughter bought a fresh, organic, kosher turkey from Trader Joe's last night (her first turkey!), 8 days before she will start cooking it. The company customer service representative as well as ...
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Can you make pan gravy if the turkey was brined?

I've read every question here that mentions brining a turkey, and I've seen conflicting remarks about whether the pan drippings are suitable for making gravy. (None of the existing questions actually ...
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Roasting a turkey in a roaster oven

Can I brown my turkey in my conventional oven first? That way, my turkey would have a nice brown skin, and I could continue the roasting in the roaster oven to leave my regular oven free to bake ...
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I would like to hear any techniques involved in making Turducken for Thanksgiving

A Turducken is a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, which then is stuffed into a de-boned turkey. I would like to try this but would first like to hear from anyone else that has made this ...
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Has anyone successfully spatchcocked their Thanksgiving Turkey?

My T-Day turkey is looking like it's going to be in excess of 20 lbs this year, and I'm nervous about how long the darn thing is actually going to be in my oven when I have pies, bread, sides, etc. to ...
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How much salt does brining a turkey add?

I want to brine a turkey for Thanksgiving, using Alton Brown's recipe for brining. My wife is concerned that this will increase the amount of salt and sugar in the turkey, making it unhealthy. How ...
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How do you keep turkey from getting too dry?

It's Thanksgiving up here in Canada, and I'm wondering what can be done to keep the breast meat on a turkey from being too dry?
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Know if a turkey is done cooking

I am making a turkey in a bag this weekend and I was wondering if there is a sure fire way to know when your turkey is done cooking. I don't have a meat (or any other) thermometer.
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How do you keep a Turkey Meatloaf from getting too “dry”?

I just made a Turkey meatloaf, using a standard recipe that usually turns out good with ground beef, but it was too dry - any help would be appreciated.
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How to carve poultry?

What's the best way to carve poutry so that you get the most amount of meat? Are there any tricks you've found that will make this easier?
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What is Turkey Bacon?

Is there a standard part of the turkey that they use to process "turkey bacon"? Is it pressed from different sections of the turkey?
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How do I make a really flavorful turkey burger?

Since turkey burgers don't have a lot of fat, you lose a lot of the flavor that you get with beef. Also, you have to make sure you cook them through (170 degrees), so they tend to dry out. What are ...