Cooking a turkey can be a bit daunting. Most of us don't do it often and many don't get it right. Lucy Greer of Greer's Markets has some tips.
"The number one question people have is what size turkey do I need to buy? A really good rule of thumb is to buy 1 pound per person," Lucy said.
That's some simple math, so the first step is easy, but don't forget the second step... As soon as you get home get that frozen bird in the fridge to defrost.
"For a frozen turkey, if you defrost it in the refrigerator, it will take about 24 hours per four pounds of turkey," Lucy told us.
That's why you shouldn't procrastinate. You turkey will take several days to defrost in the fridge.
"If you are in a really big rush you can always defrost any frozen meat in cold water."
Just the breast
If all of this is too much you can downsize.
"A really great option, especially for a small get together, is a turkey breast. They are super easy to cook. They will not take as much time to defrost, and not near as much time to cook," Lucy said.
The recipe you follow is up to you. Seasonings, brines, injections... it's your call, but there's one real key to a perfectly cooked turkey; a thermometer. Not the pop-up one that comes with the bird. If you wait on that, you’ll overcook the turkey. Get an inexpensive digital thermometer, put it in the thickest part of the bird, and set it to go off at 165°. Then get it out of the oven immediately to rest.
Wait at least a half hour to begin carving. Perfect every time!