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7 Ways to Make Your Turkey Delicious

Jacky Hayward | Chef's Blade

November 20, 2009

Butter Your Bird

Butter makes everything better. No really. Buttering your bird is one of the easiest ways to moisten up your turkey. You can use unsalted butter, salted butter, or a butter mixture with herbs, lemon, or white wine as well. You should apply the butter mixture all over the surface of the uncooked turkey, including the bottom and underneath the wings and thighs. You may also rub the butter directly onto the meat, underneath the bird’s skin. To do this, gently pull up the skin of the turkey and stuff as much butter as you can in between the meat and the skin before you rub the same mixture on the skin. Rubbing butter directly onto the turkey breasts will be particularly helpful in moistening as the butter will penetrate the meat as well as seal moisture in while cooking.

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