Thanksgiving Tips

Nov 16, 2012 -- 11:26am

The all-time best Thanksgiving tips from Reader's Digest.

What’s the all-time best Thanksgiving tip?
Roast the turkey upside down. It’ll protect the breast from overcooking, and juices will seep down and keep it moist.

What’s the best way to reheat cold turkey?
Tastiest is in the gravy. Slice turkey and simmer in a skillet with gravy and some broth or water.

What size turkey should I buy?
Calculate one pound per adult. If you have a small oven or lots of guests, roast two smaller turkeys.

What happens if I start to carve the turkey and it’s still raw?
Discreetly take it to the kitchen, cut into pieces, and spread it on a baking sheet to finish roasting.

How do I keep pumpkin pie from cracking?
Bake just until the filling is barely set in the center but firm on the edges.

How do I keep my piecrust from getting soggy?
Brush the bottom crust with beaten egg white, or partially bake it before pouring in your filling.

What’s an easy, basic gravy?
Sauté 1/4 cup of turkey fat or butter and 1/4 cup flour. Pour in 4 cups hot broth. Whisk until gravy-fied. Season.

Can I bring my famous dish as a carry-on?
Cakes, pies, and "solids" can generally go through security. Booze, gravy, cranberry sauce, and other "liquids" need to be checked.

Dinner’s ready, but the guests are late. How do I keep the food hot?
Cover and keep in a 200°F oven for up to 30 minutes; baste with chicken broth if it gets dry.



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