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Our Complete Guide to Cooking a Turkey: 11 Methods for a Delicious Bird

Because it’s done so infrequently, cooking a turkey can be a daunting task. From brining to roasting to deep frying, there are so many methods to chose from. And then there’s the bird itself with its many challenges. Since the white and dark meat cook at different rates and, as a result, by the time the dark meat is cooked, the breast can dry out. The turkey’s size also means that it requires a lot of oven space and time on a day when both are at a premium. Finally, because turkey has a mild flavor, it can be a little underwhelming if the seasoning doesn’t work out (thank God for gravy). But in spite of the obstacles to a well-cooked bird, it can make for a wonderful meal that’s well worth the effort. Here are eleven ways to get the perfect turkey. Whether you’re a home-cooking expert or novice, cooking for twenty or two, a traditionalist or someone in search of something new and bold, our guide has something for you.

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