Thanksgiving Turkey In 8 Easy Steps


(NAPSA)—To help the bird you serve get “gobbled up” this holiday try these easy tips from “Flavors of America” TV host and cookbook author Chef Jim Coleman and Chef’sChoice. These experts have teamed up to take you through the process of serving up the perfect bird, including choosing, seasoning, cooking and carving the turkey. Choosing The Turkey Step 1: When choosing your turkey, allow 1.5 pounds for each guest. For eight guests, you'll want at least a 12 lb. turkey. There will be ample leftovers. Step 2: If you’re buying a frozen turkey, allow 24 hours of thawing for every four-to-five pounds;a fresh turkey should notsit more than 48 to 72 hours before preparation. Hints: According to Coleman, there is no scientific evidence that bird gender makes a difference in quality or taste. Environment and feed, however, can determine a taste difference. Turkeys can be frozen up to 12 months.If you have a frozen turkey from last year, it’s safe to cook for this year’s feast if it has remained frozen throughoutthe year. Step 3: Flavor your turkey with Coleman’s “holiday rub” (recipe for 12 Ib. turkey). Thanksgiving Recipe: The Holiday Rub 2 Tbsp. choppedfresh thyme leaves (save stems) 2 Tbsp. choppedfresh rosemary (save stems) 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage (save stems) 2 Tbsp. minced garlic 2 Tbsp. mincedshallots 3 lemons Mix all ingredients above, set aside stems. Pepperto taste. Step 4: Wash turkey inside and out with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Place turkey in roasting pan and lift up A beautiful bird with all the trimmings can look even more appetizing when properly carved. the skin starting near the neck, and rub mixture onto the meat underthe skin. Squeeze juice of one lemon over turkey. Use remaining herb mixture to coat top of bird. Prick two lemons and place them into cavity with the stems from sage, rosemary, and thyme. Step 5: Preheat oven to 350’. Cook until juice runs clear when turkey is pierced at the base of leg. The turkey is done when the meat thermometer reads 180 in the thickest part of the bird. After the turkey is cooked, let it cool for 15 minutes. Cooling makes the meateasiertoslice. How to Carve A Turkey Step 6: Use a very sharp carving knife to carve the turkey. Sharp knives are safer and they will help you smoothly cut thin, even slices without shredding the meat. You don’t have to be an expert to put a razor-sharp edge on your knife. A sharpener like Chef’sChoice EdgeSelect 120 can make sharpening easy. The sharpener uses 100 percent diamondcoated disks and a revolutionary polishing stage to create a professional knife edge in seconds. The precision guides eliminate guesswork, making predictable, razorsharp edges every timeit’s used. Step 7: Remove and set aside the legs and the last joint of each wing. Make a long, deep (to the bone), horizontal “base cut” into the breast just above the wing. Be sure to use a good, sharp knife. Step 8: Slice down vertically Follow these simple steps when carving a turkey. through the breast until you meet the original base cut. This will release perfect, even slices. “Two common mistakes people make after cooking their turkey is not waiting long enough for the bird to rest after it comes out of the oven, and improperly carving the turkey by using a dull knife or the wrong technique. If you slice the turkey too soon, most of the juices will run out and your meat will be dry. And if you carve improperly or use a dull knife, carving may be more difficult and your turkey could become unappetizing,” Colemansaid. By following these turkey carving instructions, you can have a turkey that looks as good as it tastes. For help finding a sharpener that’s right for you, call (800) 3423255 or go to Happy Thanksgiving!