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Home Cooking 18

2014 Thanksgiving Turkey Hacks

kaleokahu | Nov 28, 201401:30 PM

Anyone try anything new this year?

My hack this year was to use Harold McGee's trick of ice-packing the breast while the rest of the bird comes to room temperature. This retards the cooking of the breast, the idea being that the dark meat cooks more/faster, letting the latter reach 180f about the time the breast makes 160f. Ergo, done dark and moist light meat.

My assessment was that this works really well. I used the high-heat-first, then 350f with foil breastplate (Alton Brown) roasting method, unstuffed.

Aloha,
Kaleo

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