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Turkey Taboos: What NOT to Do This Thanksgiving

When it comes to preparing the Thanksgiving bird, everyone has an opinion. But with these tips in your back pocket, your beloved bird will taste better than ever.

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Essential Turkey Day Tips

When it comes to preparing the Thanksgiving bird, everyone has an opinion. We all have our favorite turkey, whether it’s Aunt Sally’s or Alton Brown’s 5-star fan favorite. There are some words of wisdom, though, that apply no matter what turkey recipe you choose. Chef Ariane Daguin, co-founder of D’Artagnan, a leading gourmet-food purveyor, shared her essential tips for what not to do when it comes to the turkey. With these in your back pocket, your beloved bird will taste better than ever.

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Keep It Fresh

Don’t buy a frozen turkey. A fresh bird will always have flesh that is more moist and tender.

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Turkey Inferno

Don’t preheat your oven to a temperature lower than 350 degrees F or the turkey’s skin won’t lock in enough juices to ensure a moist bird.

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The Rinse Cycle

Don’t cook your brined turkey before rinsing it. Without a good rinse, excess surface salt and any herbs or sugars that could potentially burn will be left on the skin.

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