Ina Garten’s Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner


By Cooking Panda

We all have our turkey questions when November rolls around. Some people stuff the bird before roasting, while others run straight to the deep-fryer. But how does a professional do Thanksgiving?

Ina Garten has answers to all of the normal every-year type questions that are bound to come up so that we can throw the best turkey-day feast imaginable. Garten answered several turkey-day questions for The Huffington Post, covering everything from turkey prep to the cranberry sauce.

Want quick answers without sitting through the seven-minute video? Well, here are some highlights.

If you’re wondering whether you should have a fresh or frozen turkey, Garten says fresh is always better.

Wondering if you should brine the turkey? She says that brining is great, but a dry brine is much better since you don’t have to deal with a watery mess and lack of fridge space.

If you’re not sure whether to roast or deep-fry your turkey, Garten recommends roasting, although her reasoning is that deep-frying scares her. She didn’t say if it was for health reasons or because the process is slightly dangerous. Avoid both scenarios by roasting, anyway.

As far as the giblets are concerned, Garten prefers to toss them. But if you like them, you like them.

Wondering if you should use the plastic pop-up thermometer? Garten says that once that thermometer has popped, the turkey is already overcooked, so best to avoid using it altogether.

Carve your turkey ahead of time if you want to follow Garten’s example. She says it’s best not to get your party clothes dirty!

Serve your gravy both with the turkey and at the table. In her opinion, you can never have too much gravy at Thanksgiving.

As for the stuffing, Garten feels it’s best to cook it outside the turkey, all on its own. That way, you don’t have to overcook the turkey to get the stuffing just right.

Now that we’ve covered the turkey, check out the video to catch the side-dish advice from this cooking expert.

Source: The Huffington Post / Photo Credit: Omaha Steaks/Instagram

Tags: Ina Garten, Roasting Turkey, thanksgiving, turkey
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Butterball’s Turkey Hotline Gets An Upgrade


By Cooking Panda

As holiday season approaches, Butterball Turkey has to start bracing itself and planning early for a barrage of turkey-cooking questions that will inevitably come their way.

This year, however, they are a step ahead. For the first year ever, Butterball will be available for all of your turkey-cooking questions via text. Surprised that they get a lot of calls? According to Business Insider, Butterball’s talk line co-directors Sue Smith and Nicole Johnson say that the call volume is actually increasing each year, even with the ability most of us have to Google all of our questions.

Smith and Johnson say that many calls revolve around the turkey preparation. Some callers forgot to thaw the turkey, or some callers might not know how to roast it (isn’t that on the packaging?). There’s even one lady who has consistently called over the years for a one-to-one pep talk before cooking the turkey. Now that, I can understand.

About 50 experts answer hot line phones each season, and they take over 100,000 calls every year.

With the addition of texting availability, Butterball hopes to curb some of this call volume in an effort to be more easily reachable. It’s their way of responding to consumer demand. Let’s face it, the time of calling and talking on the phone is coming to an end, and texting is the future. Butterball is just keeping with the times!

Tasting Table reports that the call lines this year will be open from Nov. 17-24, and the number to text is 1-800-BUTTERBALL. Likewise, if you’re feeling old school, you can call that number instead.

If you’re cooking the bird this year, this should be some fabulous news for you. Butterball is staying current with these new changes, and the new option to text our questions will most likely be much appreciated, and will probably become very popular.

Let’s cook our turkeys the new, young and hip way and have the direction texted right to our phones! We can even start practicing on Nov. 17!

Sources: Tasting Table, Business Insider / Photo credit: Missy's Product Reviews

Tags: Butterball, holidays, Roasting Turkey, turkey
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