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Does anyone have a good recipe for turkey that will be moist when cooked?


By Katie (Guest Post)
October 27, 20080 found this helpful
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If you cover the turkey with cheesecloth that has been soaked in a mixture of butter and broth, and baste that every so often, it will keep the bird moist. Take the cloth off for the last 30 minutes to get a nice crispy skin.

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By Eva (Guest Post)
October 27, 20080 found this helpful
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Brine it and it's fantastic. Boil 1 1/2 gal water, dissolve 1 1/2 lbs salt & 1 lb. sugar in the water. Add 7 lbs ice or equivalent cool water & chill. When cold, add turkey & soak 10 - 18 hours. Rinse, dry, coat with oil & roast at 400 until reaches 160. For brining: either combine the turkey & brine in a trash bag & place in an ice filled cooler or place brine & turkey in a large canning pot in refrigerator.

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October 27, 20080 found this helpful
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I use a large syringe with a large needle attached and poke it full of broth before baking. You can get a syringe and needle from your vet for pretty cheap and reuse it for many years.

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By LAURIE (Guest Post)
October 27, 20080 found this helpful
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I use the Reynolds cooking bags in the turkey size. Easy to use, easy clean up and the turkey always gets done well before the time stated per pound.


The meat is so tender you don't have to carve it, you can pull it off the bone with a fork. The juices in the bag can be used for gravy and the turkey still browns nicely.

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By Mimi (Guest Post)
October 27, 20080 found this helpful
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I always roast my turkey upside down. Juices run to the bottom to the drier white meat in my roasting pan.

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January 26, 2017

Some foods, such as turkey, tend to dry out if not served quickly. This is a page about keeping turkey hot and juicy after cooking.

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October 27, 2008

If you bake your stuffing in another dish, you can make the turkey stay moist by placing an apple inside while baking.

By Gladys Hill



Keep Your Turkey Moist

Baste your Thanksgiving turkey with it's own juices every 30 minutes to keep it moist.

By Robin from Washington, IA (11/17/2005)

By ThriftyFun

Keep Your Turkey Moist

I heard that you are not supposed to baste your turkey very often due to having to open the oven door too much and it also does not help keep the turkey moist anyways. (11/21/2006)

By Amber S.

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