This Chinese Five-Spice Turkey Will Win Thanksgiving

by Claire Thomas

The centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal also happens to be the most stressful part. If you want to cook the whole bird—and I get it, it looks awesome—there are a few tips and tricks you can implement to get the best turkey you can roast.

1. Brine. First, the brine. Why brine? Well, brining makes meat juicier. When you brine meat, the salt water softens the muscle fibers, so less water is forced out during the cooking process, leading to a juicier piece of meat. Watch this video to learn how to brine.

2. Dry + Fat. When you’re ready to start cooking, pull the turkey out, rinse it off, and thoroughly dry it off. Water = steam, so the drier the turkey, the crispier the skin. After you dry the bird, coat with oil or butter, which will also make the skin extra crispy.

3. Truss. Trussing is when you use kitchen string to make the turkey as uniform in size as possible. This helps everything to cook at the same rate, so no more undercooked thighs and dry breasts. Watch this video to learn how to truss.

4. Rest. Let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before slicing into it. This allows the juices to soak back into the bird, rather than just flowing out.

That's it! Good luck and happy roasting.

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