above all, it has to taste good
You have your bird, but you want it to stand out. Use our tips to help you turn out your tastiest turkey yet.
infuse flavor throughout
Herbs are a no-fail natural flavor booster, so fill your turkey’s cavity with fresh bundles before roasting. We recommend sage, rosemary and thyme with a few fresh citrus slices for an unexpected twist. (Discard after roasting.)
crisp skin, tender meat
Frying is a fast method that results in a deliciously tender turkey. Use equipment specially designed for frying a whole bird. Fill fryer with oil and add the turkey only after it’s fully defrosted. Experts recommend frying 3–4 minutes per pound.
focus on flavor and moisture
For a perfect brine ratio, combine 1 cup of salt for every gallon of water. Place turkey in a large container with brine and soak, refrigerated, until it’s time to cook. Keep it classic or spice it up with anything from cayenne to maple syrup.
full-roasted flavor and tender texture
For a picture-perfect turkey, tent the breast with foil about 2/3 of the way through roasting to shield it from overcooking.