Cooking Thanksgiving dinner never goes as planned, but don't panic. Here are some simple solutions to common mishaps to help keep your holiday meal on track.
How to Quickly Fix an Undercooked Thanksgiving Turkey
You carve into your Thanksgiving turkey and discover that the meat is still raw. You could put the whole bird back in the oven, but it still needs a lot of time to cook and your hungry guests want to eat now. Christine Yue Gallary, associate food editor at CHOW.com, shows you how to speed up the cooking process on an undercooked turkey. For more Thanksgiving video tips from CHOW, see If You Break It, Fake It: How to Avoid Thanksgiving Cooking Disasters.
How to Time Your Thanksgiving Dinner with Roxanne Webber
CHOW Associate Editor Roxanne Webber shares the basic principles of timing for a simple Thanksgiving menu by demonstrating the things that people do wrong, including leaving too little time for the turkey to defrost (patience is key when H2O is changing state) and trying to cook everything at once. Do it right: Start defrosting the turkey Sunday, make sure you have your utensils on Tuesday, do your shopping on Wednesday, and make your stovetop dishes on Thursday while your turkey roasts; as the turkey rests, reheat the dishes that you made the day before.
How to Store Your Thanksgiving Leftovers with Roxanne Webber
CHOW Associate Editor Roxanne Webber stores the leftovers from a Thanksgiving feast the right way: by removing the meat from her turkey within a couple of hours of cooling, separating side dishes for repurposing later, and labeling the storage containers for easy identification.
How to Make a Moist Thanksgiving Turkey with Roxanne Webber
CHOW Associate Editor Roxanne Webber demonstrates the wrongs and rights of Thanksgiving turkey. She suggests that you give yourself plenty of time for the bird to defrost (at least three days for a 15-pound turkey), and that, while roasting, you check the temperature regularly with a meat thermometer.