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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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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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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 ...
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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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How (or is) “low & slow” turkey safe?

If I slow-cook a turkey over low, low heat for 12-18 hours, how does it stay "safe" when the turkey has been in the danger zone for a large majority of the cooking time? I've been slow-cooking ...
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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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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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Is it safe to deep fry two turkeys in the same oil for Thanksgiving?

Should you deep fry two turkeys in the same oil or is it better to use fresh oil for the second turkey?
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How can I make my turkey gravy look darker and richer?

When I make gravy to go with roast chicken and turkey, it is flavourful but always looks a little pale. Could you suggest a way to make it look darker without adding gravy browning?
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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 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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Why didn't my turkey stock gelatinize?

We made turkey stock of out our Thanksgiving scraps. We simmered the turkey bones (unroasted) and all the vegetable trimmings for about 7 hours, and then chilled everything and stashed it in the ...
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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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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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Breaking down a turkey for storage - brine before or after freezing?

The subject should sum this up. We're taking advantage of the seasonal prices for 2 fresh turkeys which I'm breaking down into boneless breasts, thighs, and legs to be frozen for future use. The back ...
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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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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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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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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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How much turkey should I plan per person?

For the holidays, I plan to do a turkey, but I need to order in advance since the place I'm buying from is popular and usually sells out in pre-orders. Estimates of how much turkey to plan per person ...
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Do I have to tie my turkey legs together?

I forgot to buy twine for tying my turkey's legs together. How important is that? I've heard that it's mostly for presentation, but it may also help prevent the turkey from drying out and may help ...
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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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Brining a kosher bird

How should I adjust the salinity of a brine when using a kosher turkey? Some reccomendations suggest decreasing the salinity of the brine, but how much? My recipe is two quarts of water with 1 c. of ...
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Turkish coffee foam

Hello Turkish coffee lovers, Could anyone tell me how I can have a lot of good coffee foam? When I boil it 3 times, all the foam is gone. I want to make a coffee similar to this:
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Frying a turkey while snowing

I live in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. It is currently November 2013, and light snow is in the forecast for Thanksgiving. I plan on deep frying the turkey. I have deep fried turkey before. I know what ...
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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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What happens if I brine my turkey for 2 days?

I have a logistical problem that leaves me with no fridge room for 2 days before Thanksgiving... I always brine my turkey, so I don't have any questions about that, but typically it's only an 8 - 10 ...
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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 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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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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Are there any differences between preparing/cooking a turkey that was labeled “basted with real butter” vs a regular turkey?

I've roasted numerous turkeys numerous ways, but never bought a turkey that was basted with butter. I've always just bought a regular turkey, usually I brine it, and then roast it. I've always had ...
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What to do if a turkey has been brined for too long

I was going to brine my turkey for two nights til I found out that you can over-brine a turkey which is very bad. So what I have done is washed the brine out (after brining for 20 hrs) and put my ...
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Using steam to make a dry version of turkey juicier

How effective is steaming a turkey tenderloin the size of a brisket to make it tender and juicy? I'm considering this because turkey has a tendency to dry out as it's cooked.
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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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Can you thaw a frozen turkey in a dryer?

In the TV show New Girl, there is an episode (season 1, episode 6) in which they are cooking for Thanksgiving but forgot to thaw the Turkey, so they put it in the dryer, but it has some unexpected ...
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Thoroughly cooking stuffing in a Turkey

I like to cook stuffing in the bird because I think it imparts flavors you just can't achieve cooking it out of the bird. The problem is, it's virtually impossible to get the stuffing to 165F/74C ...
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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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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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Spatchcock Turkey in Small Oven

I'm looking to spatchcock a turkey this year, and I was wondering what size of bird (in pounds) would fit on a standard quarter sized baking sheet. My oven is relatively small (it looks like it can ...
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Turkey frying oil temperature issues

Thanksgiving and Christmas of last year I tried my hand at frying a turkey. Everything was fine but I could never seem to get the peanut oil up to 350℉ (175℃). I followed Alton Brown's Recipe but ...
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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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Roasting multiple turkeys (cooking time estimation)

We tend to aim for large Thanksgiving gatherings, and thus tend to roast the largest turkey we can find. Last year, we ended up roasting a couple extra turkey legs so we had enough meat. This year, ...
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Turkey stock in refrigerator

We boiled the carcass of the turkey and let it set in the refrigerator for about 5 days. When I took it out to prepare the soup it was like gelatin. I know that's OK, however at the bottom there was ...
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Can I grill a chicken/turkey breast in the night and eat it 12:00 and 18:00?

First of all, I'm sorry for my English, I'm not fluent. I'm on a diet where I can eat only chicken breast and ground muscle (don't know the right word for this but I tried) as the meat (and fish, but ...
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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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What is the proper amount of time to thaw + brine a turkey simultaneously?

I recently saw a tip that you can thaw a frozen turkey in your brine, and I'd like to try that this year. I was planning to thaw my turkey for 3 days in a cooler of water. I've actually never brined ...
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Turkey bacon a good stand-in for bacon?

On a kosher diet, I can't eat bacon. Someone who knows this recommended turkey bacon as a close substitute. Is it really? That is, does turkey bacon truly have the taste and texture of bacon? Is there ...
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How many minutes in the oven per pound: stuffed turkey

My mom is asking. Not sure if she's brining the turkey, but probably. Also, she probably knows the answer but is just testing me.
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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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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 ...