5 Goofproof Ways to Get a Juicy Turkey

Take your pick of moistening methods to get a juicy turkey this Thanksgiving.

How to baste a turkey1. Give the bird a one-time greasing
, then roast without peeking. The more you open the oven door, the longer the turkey takes to cook!
Recipe: Butter-Basted Turkey »

2. Don't want to get your hands dirty? Drape the bird with butter-soaked cheesecloth. The butter will baste the bird as it roasts, saving you the hassle.

3. Begin roasting the turkey breast side down, then, halfway through cooking time, turn the bird upright. Gravity helps the fattier dark meat moisten the breast.

4. Butter your turkey under the skin before it goes in the oven. The melted butter trapped between the meat and the skin will have plenty of time to flavor your bird.
Step by Step Butter-Basted Turkey: photo how-tos »
Step by Step Butter-Basted Turkey: video how-tos »

5. Baste with a mixture of butter and wine for an unconventional, buttery gobbler with a tangy kick.

By Melissa Clark | Photography by Kang Kim


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