F&W's Justin Chapple reveals how a cheesecloth can help keeping your turkey juicy.
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[MUSIC] I'm Justin Chapple from Food and Wine's test kitchen.
Join me as I demonstrate mad genius tips. [MUSIC] The
biggest fear when cooking a turkey is that it's gonna
be flavorless and dry. I have a mad genius tip
for a flavorful and juicy turkey. First, I'm gonna show
you how to make your seasoning. What we're gonna do
is melt some butter. And to that I'm going to
add apple juice, some thyme sprigs and some lemon peel.
These are just the flavors I'm chosing, feel free to
experiment. And now the secret to these genius tip, is
cheese cloth. You just need a piece that is large
enough to cover the top of the bird, and what
we're gonna do is soak this in some water You're
gonna wring out all the excess water. Next we're going
to take that beautiful seasoning we made and we're gonna
put it into a large bowl. Don't throw these away
because these are delicious too. You can throw them all
around the bird. Now the fun part. We're gonna take
that cheesecloth, gonna drop it in there, squish it around.
You see all that? That's butter, that's apple juice, that's
flavor. Now you're gonna lay it right on top of
the bird. It's a shawl, a turkey shawl. And guess
what when it's roasting in the oven I don't even
have to touch it. No basting nothing. All that juice
and all that butter's gonna seep down into the turkey.
It's gonna flavor it and it's gonna naturally bast it.
Okay let's pop this baby into the over. Look at
this incredible bird I'm telling you this is one of
the most gorgeous birds I've ever made. Because I've got
these cheese cloths on top. Look at it. You could
see the turkey is golden, the skin is nice and
crisp. This is exactly what we want. One. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]