How to Truss Chicken with Dental Floss

F&W Test Kitchen whiz Justin Chapple demos a genius trick for trussing chicken with dental floss.

F&W Test Kitchen whiz Justin Chapple demos a genius trick for trussing chicken with dental floss.

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[MUSIC] I'm Justin Chapple from Food & Wine's set kitchen. Join me as I demonstrate Mad Genius Tips. [MUSIC] Trussing a chicken is super important. When you keep the bird nice and tight, when you keep the drumsticks in and the wings in, you're going to really ensure even cooking. But what do you do if you don't have kitchen twine? My mad genius tip will solve that problem. What is it? It's one of my favorite household items. Plain old dental floss. Yes. You can cook with dental floss. It's kind of amazing. So the first step is you want to tuck your wing tips behind the drummetts of the wing. Just like this. Easy so far. The next thing you're going to want to do is turn the bird so that the legs are facing away from you. Then, take your handy dandy dental floss It's better to start with more than less, in a case like this. And you're gonna slide it under the tail of the bird. And just like you would tying a shoe, you're going to do one loop, and we're going to make one more loop just to ensure that it's nice and strong. And you're gonna go down Then, you're gonna wanna pull the dental floss down like this, in between the drumstick and the thigh. Then, with one motion, flip the bird, pull your dental floss nice and tight, so that you have control over it, and you're gonna tuck one under each wing. Just like you did with your first loop, you're gonna do one loop and two loops. And that my friends is going to hold it nice and tight. Then finish off with a knot and you're left with your excess string that you're going to just snip off with a pair of kitchen shears. [SOUND] Now you wanna flip your bird And at this point you'll season it and put it in the oven. And that is a Mad Genius Tip for trussing your chicken with dental floss. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]
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