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How to Truss a Turkey

Create a compact shape with this foolproof tying technique

Gary Junken
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It’s not absolutely necessary to truss a turkey, but it is a great method for creating an attractive compact shape. In this short video tip, Fine Cooking test kitchen manager Jennifer Armentrout demonstrates how to truss a turkey. She shows you how to orient the wings to create a stable base, as well as a variation to the standard technique that helps keep the thighs closer to the bird.It’s not absolutely necessary to truss a turkey, but it is a great method for creating an attractive compact shape. In this short video tip, Fine Cooking test kitchen manager Jennifer Armentrout demonstrates how to truss a turkey. She shows you how to orient the wings to create a stable base, and shows a variation to the standard technique that helps keep the thighs closer to the bird.

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How To Truss a Turkey

You don't have to truss, but the finished bird will look better if you do

Fine Cooking Issue 60
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You don’t have to truss, but the finished turkey will look better if you do. Starting under the legs, draw a length of butcher’s twine up and over the legs. Cross the twine between the legs and pull the ends to draw the legs together. Pull the legs in toward the body as you run each end over the thighs and wings and tie securely at the neck. Truss tightly enough to give the turkey a nice shape, but not so tightly that the turkey will roast unevenly.

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