Essential tools for turkey roasting

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Make sure you have the following: * A LARGE ROASTING PAN.


* A TOWEL. You will have greater luck with the drumstick clamp if you grasp it and the slippery turkey with a towel.

* AN INSTANT-READ THERMOMETER. This is your most important tool.

With this, you don't need a roasting chart or a clock. Read the facts on the dial. If you don't have one, get one.

* Also Make Sure You've Got o A TURKEY LIFTER. Some recipes out there ask the cook to flip a hot turkey from breast to back during cooking, supposedly to distribute juices. Try this once and you'll let nature's browning take its course. But you will have to lift the turkey out. I recommend a turkey lifter. The best turkey lifter looks like snow chains but acts as a sling. Two strands of metal chain-link lie on the bottom of your roasting pan with handles draped over the side of the pan. The turkey rests on top of the sling. You simply grasp both handles and heave. This device will put an end to burned hands, greasy potholders and lost drumsticks.

* FOIL. For great-looking turkeys, lay a sheet of loose foil over the bird halfway through cooking time. Make it loose, or you'll steam the bird you're attempting to roast. Also, you may need to wrap foil booties around the drumsticks so they don't get dry and crunchy.

* BULB BASTER, OPTIONAL. Makes basting easy, but begs the question about basting at all. New thinking discourages basting. Basting causes streaking through the skin's sheen. Turkey skin is so thick that basting really can't penetrate it. Basting only keeps the cook busy.

* A STRAINER. For straining clear juices for gravy.

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