Thanksgiving is a joy, but let’s be honest, it’s also a bit stressful. There’s a lot to do, and worrying about whether this year’s bird will be juicy and tasty or dry and disappointing adds to the overwhelming nature of the holiday meal. To relieve you of this worry, we have tapped Jankel PolakChef at ButcherBox, the meat and seafood delivery service. Chef Yankel knows a thing or two about making a great turkey. Here he shares the tools that make it easy, starting at $8. Grab them before they sell out – and in time to win Thanksgiving.
“After about two hours in the oven, the turkey will start to release juices. This is prime time for basting, as the turkey also begins to soak up whatever you pour over it,” explains Chef Yankel. He likes to use this turkey baster because it makes stapling a “completely uncomplicated job”.
Thanks to the transparent cylinder, you can see exactly what’s inside. And the round silicone bulb makes it easy to use at any angle. “Instead of trying to scoop or spoon the juices from the bottom of the pan, this roasting device is a simple method of squeezing and basting well away from a hot pan,” he said. It’s safer, easier, faster and more efficient.
“While you keep your turkey moist by basting, you can use a brush to add additional flavor,” the chef said. This smart set consists of a 7.5-inch brush and a 12-inch version that helps you get to hard-to-reach places.
The brushes are heat-resistant up to 480 degrees and are also dishwasher safe. Chef Yankel says they “make it easy to add herbs, garlic, citrus, wine, or any other flavor profile you can imagine before, during, and after cooking.” May we suggest these chef’s application tools to use? All-purpose Christmas butter, for a super-flavorful turkey your guests will love? You will thank us.
A good roasting pan is a must for turkey. Chef Yankel recommends this Cuisinart option: “It makes roasting, resting, and transferring your turkey to a platter or cutting board almost too easy! The removable rack sits low enough to allow the turkey to cook in its own juices (although I recommend adding some stock, wine and root vegetables to the bottom for more flavor) while allowing easy access to the liquid for basting.”
It’s so elegant and pretty that you can even do without the plate: “I love it because it’s well made and looks good enough to work as a centerpiece on your table.” The slight edge on the outside of the pan makes it easier to wrap in foil if you prefer that roasting method, or simply to cover leftovers for the day after.” And Chef Yankel isn’t the only fan; Over 4,000 Amazon buyers also give this roasting set a five-star rating!
The Smart device is an investment that you will quickly find essential. Use it all year round (and for years to come) to ensure the meat is never overcooked or undercooked.
Chef Yankel says, “I love this thermometer because I can track what I’m cooking through the app on my phone! No more guesswork and no more watching the turkey in the morning. While whole turkeys typically come with a removable thermometer, other cuts typically do not. So if you’re preparing a roast of beef or lamb or even just a turkey breast for smaller gatherings, a digital thermometer is always worth it.”
Compatible with iPhones, Android devices, and tablets, this smart thermometer allows you to set up custom alerts when your meat reaches the desired temperature. It can even estimate how long different meals need to be cooked.
And the removable thermometer that comes with whole turkeys isn’t perfect: “Typically, the included removable gauge will only let you know when the turkey breast (where it was inserted) has reached 165°F. By attaching a digital probe to another area, such as the femur, or being able to check the temperature throughout the turkey, you can turn, baste and cover the turkey as needed, ensuring perfectly cooked poultry every time.” , he added.
“Brineing a turkey (or almost any lean meat) has been a secret for chefs for too long,” says Chef Yankel. “An overnight bath in a savory solution will change your turkey game forever.” If you want to go a step further and cook a memorable turkey but are afraid of brining, this kit makes it a breeze.”
With simple instructions and a double-sealed turkey-sized brine bag that makes it easy to store in the refrigerator, this set only requires the addition of salt and water. It can accommodate a turkey weighing up to 20 pounds. Simply remove the bag before adding the bird to your roasting pan (of course) as it is not oven safe.
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