A perfectly roasted turkey is the holy grail of every cook on Thanksgiving. To help you achieve this goal, we’ve collected some tips from some of our best authors.
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1. Choose a fresh turkey instead of a frozen one.
Ice crystals that form during freezing damage a turkey’s muscle cells. When the bird thaws and roasts, fluids leak more readily from the damaged cells, drying out the meat.
2. Roast two small turkeys rather than one large one.
Smaller turkeys roast more evenly than large ones, so for feeding a crowd, two small turkeys are a better option. They’ll cook quicker, too.