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10 Turkey Cooking Tips to Roast the Perfect Bird Every Time

Food Network Logo By Michelle Rabin of Food Network | Slide 1 of 10: <p>If you bought a frozen bird, make sure it's completely defrosted before roasting it. To do so, defrost in the fridge for a few days before you plan on cooking. Once defrosted, or if you bought a fresh bird, take the turkey out of the refrigerator 45 minutes to 1 hour before roasting. This technique will allow the turkey to come to (almost) room temperature, helping it cook more evenly and quickly. When you’re ready to roast, rub salt, pepper and olive oil or melted butter all over the bird to encourage a crispy, golden skin.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.foodnetwork.ca/shows/kitchen-basics/video/shortform/how-to-defrost-meat/video.html?v=473162307857">Learn how to defrost meat safely.</a></strong></p>

Plan Ahead and Season Well

If you bought a frozen bird, make sure it's completely defrosted before roasting it. To do so, defrost in the fridge for a few days before you plan on cooking. Once defrosted, or if you bought a fresh bird, take the turkey out of the refrigerator 45 minutes to 1 hour before roasting. This technique will allow the turkey to come to (almost) room temperature, helping it cook more evenly and quickly. When you’re ready to roast, rub salt, pepper and olive oil or melted butter all over the bird to encourage a crispy, golden skin.

Learn how to defrost meat safely.

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