Chat Leftovers: Turkey talk
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Today I've got two Thanksgiving-related leftovers, one about turkey basters, the other about fresh turkeys.
Any recommendations for a baster that is easy to clean?
Alas, I don't think the perfect baster exists yet. To me, the best baster material is glass, because it's easy to clean and doesn't hang on to grease. But every glass baster I've seen has a very tiny, narrow tip that's too hard to wash. I suppose a pipe cleaner would help do the job, but I just don't want to work that hard.
However, when I was doing some online research a couple of weeks ago, looking for a new roasting pan, I ran into a likely-looking possibility called the Dexas Fill-a-Baster. Normally I don't like to push specific brands, but I like the looks of this baster. It's got a wide top, and the (silicone) basting tube seems to be a little shorter and wider than usual, which means you can get a dishcloth in there and scrub around; you can also put it in the dishwasher. It has two removable tips, a brush and a regular suction tip -- again, a bonus for cleaning. I haven't tried it, but it might be worth a shot. Seems to be fairly widely available.
If anyone out there wants to nominate their favorite baster, please add a comment.
I've ordered my first fresh turkey for Thanksgiving. What do I need to know to cook this bird? I've only ever working with thawed, previously frozen turkeys and don't want to screw up any of the natural fresh turkey goodness.
I'm not trying to wimp out, but here's the best answer: The farmer or company that sold you the bird will give you the best advice on how to cook it. You didn't say whether it's a heritage bird or a free-range organic one or something else (even Butterball sells fresh turkeys nowadays), or whether it will have been freshly killed, so without knowing that, I can't tell you what to do. But your bird will almost certainly come with very good instructions. If you're nervous, call up the place you ordered it from and ask. (If you bought it from a farm, some of them have cooking instructions posted on their Web site.) They want your turkey to be delicious -- heck, they want you to buy one from them next year -- so they're invested in helping you. Have a great Thanksgiving dinner.
-- Jane Touzalin
| November 10, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories: Chat Leftovers, Holiday | Tags: Chat Leftovers, Free Range, Jane Touzalin
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