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Traditional and Odd Ways to Cook a Turkey

Margaret Minnicks is a health-conscious person who researches the health benefits of foods and drinks.


How Do You Cook Your Turkey?

There are several ways to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving or for any occasion. However, some people tend to cook their turkey the same way every time. Take a look at the other ways to cook your turkey. Try different ways to cook your next turkey.

You won't go wrong no matter how you cook it. So, enjoy your turkey!

Roast Turkey

Roasting a turkey is the traditional way to cook it. Even that method can be improved by using different herbs and spices.

You don't have to use your grandmother's recipe that has been handed down years ago when the turkey was seasoned only with salt and pepper and basted with turkey stock. Stuff your turkey with citrus and herbs and coat it so your family will enjoy it even more.

To get the beautiful brown skin on the turkey like you see in this article, simply pour tea over the it


Smoked Turkey

Some people love to smoke their turkey. A turkey that is smoked has a more favorable taste than a roasted turkey. The meat is pink under the skin, but the smoke will cause the outside to be blackened,

The disadvantage of smoking a turkey is that you will have no drippings for gravy. Therefore, the gravy has to be prepared separately.

Roasted turkeys look more beautiful than smoked turkeys because of the crisp, savory skin. They also have a milder flavor. The meat can be served hot at the dinner table, but it is also good when eaten cold.

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Fried Turkey

A lot of Southern cooks like to deep fry their turkeys in hot oil for 30 to 45 minutes in a deep fryer. Turkeys should be fried for 3 minutes per pound. Remove turkey from oil and drain on paper towels.

Grilled Turkey

Grilling a turkey is not a very traditional way to cook a turkey. Some cooks say it is the best way to prepare it because it turns out tender and juicy. Unlike smoking a turkey, a grilled turkey produces drippings for the gravy.

Odds Ways to Cook a Turkey

You probably have heard about roasting, smoking, grilling and frying a turkey, but there are some odd ways to cook a turkey that people might not have heard about.

Cut up pieces

People cut up chicken and cook it. So, why not cut your turkey into pieces and cook the pieces your preferred way. The major drawback about this is that you miss the drama of craving a whole turkey at the table.


Cook turkey in a brown paper bag

At one time, people had no problem cooking their turkey in a brown paper bag because it comes out juicy and tender. Today, they have gotten away from that method.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have concluded that it is unsafe to use the brown paper bag method that you get from the grocery store because the ink, glue, and chemicals make the grocery bag unsanitary.


Cook turkey in dishwasher

If you are using your oven to cook side dishes, did you know you can cook your turkey in your dishwasher?

Chef David Burke says that you can cook a whole turkey or a turkey breast in your dishwasher. He recommends placing the turkey in a large container and place it in the dishwasher.

Run the appliance for three and a half hours. The turkey will get done in the dishwasher, but it will not get brown. Simply place it under the broiler so the skin can brown. Pour some tea over the turkey so you will have a beautiful golden turkey that you will be proud to use as the c


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