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Holiday Cooking Tips

Last updated on Thursday, November 27, 2008

(UNDATED) - If you’re making turkey for Thanksgiving, and you’re not sure how to do it, Indiana registered dietician says start by making sure your bird is thawed.

Kim Galeaz says it takes one full day for every four to five pounds of your turkey to thaw. She says never allow the turkey to thaw on the kitchen counter at room temperature. You can thaw it in a sink of cold water on Thanksgiving, but you must change the water every thirty minutes, and it will take as long as two-hours to thaw.

Once your turkey is ready to cook, Galeaz says use an oven bag to bake it. Using an oven bag will not give you crisp skin on the outside of the turkey, but it will help cook it faster and keep the turkey moist.

She says cooking time ranges from two to six hours and depends on the weight of the turkey. Galeaz says no matter the weight of the turkey, it should be baked at 325-degrees.

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