Thanksgiving Turkey; How to Get a Crispy and Golden Skin on Your Bird

by Courtney Blackann

It is, hands down, the best time of the year! Not only is that crazy summer heat starting to fade, but the best holidays are coming up – and soon! Those who are planners can start Thanksgiving preparations early. This year, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned chef, we’ve got the best tips for achieving that glorious golden-brown turkey. It’s sure to impress any guest. And the best news? It’s really simple.

So, traditionally, we’ve all been taught that basting your turkey (i.e. cooking the meat with its own juices or using a marinade or sauce) is going to create that Instagram-worthy golden turkey. But the experts are saying that’s not entirely true.

According to Yahoo! News via the cooking site Butterball, the best way to achieve a perfect bird is to coat it with a high-heat oil or clarified butter – and then leave it alone. There’s no need to keep opening the oven to re-glaze the turkey, experts say.

In fact, doing this constantly takes away from the actual cooking process. Most interestingly, the expert chefs say the turkey’s skin actually acts like a raincoat anyway. The drippings just run off the side like raindrops.

So, do yourself a favor. Pick something simple. Glaze your turkey with the appropriate ingredients. Then leave it alone until it’s done. We know it’ll be difficult, as the temptation to open the oven and smell the deliciousness is overwhelming. However, your guests – and you – will appreciate the patience once you finally delve into your perfectly browned bird on Turkey Day.

Shop for Thanksgiving Soon!

Additionally, it’s not a bad idea to begin planning for Thanksgiving now. We know you’re still decorating your yard for Halloween and planning your best scary costume. But it wouldn’t be a bad idea to stock up on your favorite Turkey Day items.

This is because grocery stores are having issues staying stocked. Additionally, due to labor shortages, some retail chains are seeing fewer products in their stores. That means certain ingredients will not be available this year. So if you’re planning on hosting a big feast for all your closest friends and family, the time to start shopping is now.

Further, while experts say there are no shortages of turkeys, supplies are going to go fast, experts say. Prices are also going to continue rising due to other factors like shipping and labor costs.

“Some of that cost will ultimately go to the consumer,” 210 Analytics founder Anne-Marie Roerink told Consumer Reports. “So while you likely won’t have an issue finding a turkey for Thanksgiving, you’re going to pay more than you’re used to.”

The point is, shop early and shop smart. Then spend the holiday with those closest to you reminiscing on all you’re thankful for this year.