Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.
Today: Don't panic -- here's our complete guide to pulling off Thanksgiving without a hitch.
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Thanksgiving not only kicks off the holiday season, it's the sounding horn for a month-long marathon of cooking, baking, eating, and drinking. Like any extreme sporting event, being prepared for it comes down to two things: focus and endurance.
To coach you through it, we've collected our most helpful tips, tutorials, and advice in one place. From prepping, cooking, and carving a turkey to better side dishes and desserts to avoiding kitchen disasters, we've got you covered. So get out there -- and show Thanksgiving what you've got.
When it comes to a juicy, tender bird, brining is a foolproof technique. You can opt for traditional wet brining, or you can avoid a bit of mess by dry brining instead, like in this genius recipe for The Judy Bird.
Spatchcocking is a fancy way to say that you're butterflying your bird -- it also means quicker, more even cooking.
If you're the adventurous type (and you think frying makes everything better), then it's time to familiarize yourself with how to deep-fry a turkey.
Just because you're hosting Thanksgiving doesn't mean you should be stuck in the kitchen or scrambling to get dressed. Ina Garten is here to help you through the mayhem with the holiday's best-kept secret: almost the entire meal can be made ahead of time. (We'll never tell.)