Start that turkey prep today!

Start that turkey prep today!
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by Patty Burnaman

Today is the day to start your Thanksgiving meal prep, and since the turkey is the star of the show, you want to be sure to get it right. 

Award winning Chef Duke Locicero, tells us the first thing you need to do for that perfect turkey, is to defrost and brine it. 

Chef Duke says, “Take one cup of salt and one cup of sugar, and add to one gallon of water.  Pour it over your frozen turkey in a small ice chest, cover and let it sit for a day or two.”  

Then, Chef Duke says rinse it thoroughly under running cold water to remove all the salt, and dry with paper towels.

Chef Duke stuffs the turkey with oranges, apples, celery, onions, and the secret ingredient, one pound of butter! 

Rub the turkey with butter or olive oil, season to taste, cover and put in a 325 degree oven.  Cook 15 minutes per pound.  During cooking, baste the turkey every 20 minutes with the pan drippings. 

Test for doneness by sticking a fork in the turkey just below the thigh, and if the juices run clear, it’s done.  Let it rest for about 10 minutes before carving. 

And Chef Duke says, “Remember, you can always add, you can never subtract.  If it’s overcooked, it will be dry and there is nothing you can do.  If it’s undercooked, you can always put it back in the oven and finish.”