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Last-Minute Turkey Guide: How to Cook, Carve & Make Gravy from Scratch

You’ve got the stuffing done, the sweet potatoes, the pumpkin pie.  But, there’s one final thing you need to cook perfectly for Thanksgiving dinner.  The turkey. There are dozens of ways to cook a good turkey, but everyone has one thing in common: if you don’t cook it just right, it can be dangerously undercooked or overcooked and dry. To ensure a perfectly moist, flavorful, fully cooked Thanksgiving turkey, we’ve compiled cooking charts and calculators for every technique. Whether you are roasting, frying, or cooking that bird upside down, here is everything you need to know about getting the cook time just right.

Once your turkey is cook just.right, you’ve also got to carve it in a way that allows you to get the most meat off of the bird. Then for a truly delicious turkey dinner, you can utilize the pan dripping and giblets to make gravy. We’ve searched high and low for the best, most simple, most foolproof tips on the web and have compiled your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Turkey. Here’s everything you need to know to get that bird cooked, carved, and done right.

How Long to Cook a Turkey.  There are several cooking charts online to help you determine the length of cook time needed for your roast bird, but Butterball’s is the best.  You can find it on their website here.

How to Carve a Turkey.  Carving a turkey is a simple task, and Food Consumer has a detailed step-by-step list of instructions.  It’s the boom diggity for turkey carving tips.

How to Make Gravy from Scratch. Looking for a simple, photo  driven tutorial that teaches you how to cook gravy from the pan drippings?  The eHow.com website has compiled an awesome list that you won’t want to miss.

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