Oven Tips for Roasting the Perfect Turkey
This is a guest post by our friends at BrightNest.
Have you heard of the Thanksgiving/Christmas Murphy’s Law? Anything that can go wrong with your turkey, will - especially with your entire family and a group of friends gathered in your home. The solution is simple. For the tastiest turkey and most succulent stuffing, be sure to do some quick kitchen maintenance to ensure your appliances are working properly before you commence cooking.
DO: Make sure your oven temperature gauge is working properly. Place an oven thermometer at the center of the oven and set the oven to 350F. After 15 minutes, check the temperature on the thermometer. If it’s not within 5 degrees, you’ll need to adjust the oven’s temperature control.
DON’T: Don’t self-clean your oven the day before Thanksgiving. We know it seems counter-intuitive, but self-cleaning can cause damage to the temperature gauges of electrical ovens. Just give the oven a good old-fashioned wipe down and save the heavy-duty cleaning until after the turkey is basted and baked.
DO: If your electric stove burners are caked with spots from former tenants, it’s time for a quick clean. Remove the burners when they’re cool and wipe them down with a warm, damp cloth and mild dish soap. Be careful not to get any part of the electrical connection wet and don’t submerge the burners! Let them completely dry before cranking up the heat.
DON’T: Don’t start cooking before you’ve inspected your gas burners. Clogged burners are a fire hazard. Gently unclog each “port” in the burner with a straight pin or open paper clip. NOTE: Your owner’s manual can provide more details on how to care for your specific cook top.
For the complete list of Do’s and Don’t to make your Holiday Feast PERFECT, visit the BrightNest blog here.
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