Cooking a delicious holiday meal for friends and family is always an exciting time, but it can also be a bit daunting. If you are hosting a dinner this season, there’s nothing quite as impressive (or intimidating) as the centerpiece dish of roast turkey. Roasting your bird correctly is essential in achieving that mouth-watering succulence – the key to our perfectly cooked turkey? Trussing! With just a few simple steps, you’ll know exactly how to truss your turkey like a pro this season, and wow your guests with scrumptious results!
- Properly trussing your bird will ensure even cooking.
- Trussing also helps to keep the turkey from drying out, as the wings and legs are wrapped up close to the body.
- It also makes for a more aesthetically pleasing presentation!
How to Truss Turkey? Step-by-step instructions!
- Start by preparing your turkey. Make sure the bird is at room temperature, and remove any giblets or extra fat from inside the cavity of the bird.
- Place your turkey atop a cutting board, with its breast side facing up.
- Cut an 18-inch length of kitchen twine, and wrap one end of the twine around the turkey’s neck.
- Cross the drumsticks under the neck, and tie a knot with the twine to keep them in place.
- Wrap the twine across the back of the turkey once or twice, then bring it up over each wing tip and tuck it behind both wings.
- Tie the twine tightly to keep the wings in place, and then knot it firmly once more.
- Finally, tuck the legs up close to the body and tie in place with the twine one last time.
And there you have it! You now have a perfectly trussed turkey, ready for the oven. Follow our Thanksgiving recipes for perfect roasting instructions and you’ll be sure to impress your guests with succulent results. Happy trussing!
Tricks and Tips:
- For larger turkeys, use a longer piece of twine to ensure proper trussing.
- Trussing can also be done with metal skewers and/or staples, but we recommend using kitchen twine for easier removal once the turkey is cooked.
- To save time on Thanksgiving Day, you can prepare your turkey the night before and store in the fridge until ready to roast.
Now that you have mastered trussing your turkey, it’s time to get cooking!
1. Should you truss a turkey before roasting?
Yes, trussing your turkey helps to keep the wings and legs close to the body, allowing for even cooking and keeping the bird from drying out.
2. What can I use to truss a turkey?
Kitchen twine is the most common and reliable tool for trussing, but you can also use toothpicks or skewers.
3. How do you truss a turkey for roasting?
Follow our simple step-by-step instructions above for perfect trussing results! Happy roasting.
4. What does it mean to Truss turkey?
Trussing is the process of tying together the wings and legs of a turkey in order to keep it compact for even cooking. It also ensures that your bird will look nice and neat when presented!
Now that you know how to truss a turkey, you’re ready to cook up a holiday feast your whole family will love. While it may seem like a daunting task, with our helpful tips and step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to confidently tackle this Thanksgiving tradition. So go ahead, give it a try – your guests will be impressed!