Unleash the Best Cooking Tips for Turkey, Ham, and More!
Are you prepared to elevate your cooking skills? If so, we’ve got you covered with expert tips for turkey, ham, and more!
Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Turkey
Acquire comprehensive knowledge on preparing the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. Firstly, download our free Thanksgiving Turkey Cookbook and Guide for a stress-free feast. From selecting the ideal bird to employing expert techniques and seasoning ideas, we provide guidance from start to finish.
Five Methods to Infuse Flavor into Your Turkey
Enhance the taste of your Thanksgiving turkey with popular flavor-enhancing techniques. Baste with flavorful marinades and incorporate aromatic herbs and spices. These tips guarantee a juicy, flavorsome turkey that will astonish your guests.
Determining Doneness: Your Guide to Thanksgiving Turkey
Eliminate uncertainty with our quick guide. Learn to recognize the signs that indicate your turkey is ready. Similarly, monitor the internal temperature, color, and texture to avoid overcooking or undercooking.
Cured or Uncured Ham: Unveiling the Differences
Embark on a comprehensive journey into the realm of ham. Gain an understanding of the different types and their unique characteristics. Discover the rising popularity of uncured ham as a healthier alternative.
Cooking, Glazing, and Carving a Holiday Ham: A Masterclass
Become a maestro in the art of cooking a perfect holiday ham. Select the ideal ham and master glazing and carving techniques. In addition, you’ll impress your guests with tender, flavorful slices.
Finding Your Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey: Five Essential Tips
Explore our five tips for finding the ideal Thanksgiving turkey. Consider factors such as size, type, labeling, and sourcing. Plan a memorable holiday feast.
In short, our collection of cooking tips equips you with the knowledge to become a culinary expert. Elevate your skills and leave a lasting impression with delicious dishes crafted for every occasion.
Your Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide
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Are you getting ready for Thanksgiving?
For many, the shopping, menu planning and decorating is enjoyable and nostalgic. For others, knowing how to choose, prepare and cook the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal is daunting. And, sometimes you are pretty sure you know what you are doing, you just need a little help!
We believe preparing your Thanksgiving turkey should be fun — and at gThankYou, we are here for you and your team!(more…)
Five Ways to Add Flavor
Turkey by itself — especially the breast meat — doesn’t have a ton of flavor and can run a little dry. For the best-tasting, juiciest turkey, most birds need a little help.
Here are the most popular ways to add richness, spice and excitement to your Thanksgiving turkey.
Thanksgiving Turkey – When is it Done?
The appointed hour has arrived: it’s time for you and dozens of your relatives and friends to gather around the dining room table, stretched out to its full capacity for the most celebrated meal of the year –Thanksgiving. But, like a weary child from the backseat during a cross-country trip, one question nags at you: Are we there yet? Am I sure the turkey’s done?
For cooks who are afraid of disappointing all their aunts, uncles and cousins on a national holiday, here is a quick list of tell-tale signs that your Thanksgiving turkey is ready for its grand entrance.
Cured or Uncured Ham?Much of what we know of ham is the cured city or country variety that you simply heat and serve. But lately, I’ve been seeing more ham labeled “uncured” on grocer’s shelves. What’s going on?
Uncured ham is also called fresh ham. It’s the same cut as cured, but not embellished with any of the brine and smoke or other flavorings the more common city hams and gourmet country hams. It even has a light pink or grey color, as you would expect in uncooked meat. It requires a little extra preparation and cooking time than its cured counterparts. Here’s a good explanation of ham types from the City Cook.
You could infer that uncured hams are a healthier alternative. Many are labelled organic or natural. And with uncured hams you won’t get any of the nitrites or nitrates used in many cured hams – a controversial addition for some. Fresh hams are described as far less salty, too, even if you brine the pork yourself. (more…)
How to Cook, Glaze and Carve a Holiday Ham
Few centerpieces are more anticipated than a perfectly pink holiday ham, glazed with a spiky coarse mustard and sweet fruit preserves, and sliced into lovely petals.
But if you’re cooking a ham for the first time, getting from the package in the grocery store to that beautiful Christmas Day dinner-table picture can seem like a daunting journey. So, for the newbie, this is our ham primer.
Choosing and Cooking Your Ham
Start with a cured or smoked (precooked) ham. (You can definitely make a fresh one, but today let’s leave that to the more experienced cooks.) (more…)
How to Flavor a Christmas Ham
Preparing a Christmas ham, especially if it’s been conveniently pre-smoked or cured for you, is about the easiest thing you can do for a centerpiece. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little something to it—namely, a sweet, decadent glaze to make your ham that much more delicious.
Here are four tips from food bloggers we love on how to make your Christmas ham even more dazzling this holiday.
4 Ways to Glaze a Holiday Ham
1. Blackberry- and mustard-glazed ham, from The Cottage Home
With just four ingredients (blackberry preserves, whole-grain mustard, apple cider, and a precooked ham), this holiday entrée couldn’t be simpler. Blogger Lindsay reports that it’s “a great crowd-pleasing ham … even my husband, who would much prefer some type of red meat, absolutely loved it.”(more…)
Find Your Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey
By mid-October, the supermarket checkout aisle is full of magazine covers, each boasting a glorious, burnished brown Thanksgiving turkey — so juicy and tempting, you can almost smell the savory aroma while you dig out your debit card.
And indeed, it’s not too soon to start thinking about stuffing (should it have bacon this year? Probably!), your other side dishes — and of course, the holiday centerpiece: a beautifully roasted turkey.
Before you choose a bird, check out these five tips to keep in mind as you plan your holiday meal, whether you’re serving 25 assorted aunts, uncles, and cousins or a simple Thanksgiving turkey feast for two. (more…)
Thanksgiving Leftovers: Five Fresh Ideas
The turkey has been cooked and carved. The mashed potatoes are packed away, the pie decimated, the football games concluded. The relatives have either decamped for home or are napping, sedated by carbohydrates.
Now comes the best part: Thanksgiving Leftovers!
Leftover roast turkey is a marvelous thing. This year, go beyond even the perfect turkey sandwich with these five simple recipes.
1. Jambalaya from Food52
Jambalaya is the ultimate one-pot rice meal, accommodating everything from spicy sausage to shrimp, crab meat and scallops. This version on Food52 incorporates (more…)
Grilling Tips – From Good to Great!
Few things taste more like summer than food cooked outdoors on the grill. It just seems to call for friends, laughter and celebrating being together.
Here are some favorite grilling tips from our expert friends:
- Use the Right Equipment…
- A pair of tongs for arranging food on the grill and flipping it when needed. To avoid losing juices during turning, always flip your meat or vegetables using tongs or a spatula, rather than a fork.
- Good quality paintbrushes from (more…)
Turkey – Where Does the Thermometer Go?
It’s that age-old question, where do you put the meat thermometer in a turkey?
You may have spent days looking at recipes, brining your Thanksgiving turkey, and finding just the right ingredients for some amazing stuffing, but if you serve raw turkey at your next Thanksgiving dinner, all that effort will be wasted. (Not to mention a lot of good food!) Fortunately, there’s a very simple way to make sure your turkey is cooked properly – just look in the housewares section of your grocery store for a meat thermometer. Follow the instructions below for proper use and rest assured — your bird will be perfect! Oven-safe or instant-read, a meat thermometer is a good investment in great taste!
The tip of the meat thermometer should be placed in the thigh, just above the lower part of the thighbone (but not touching the bone!), pointing toward the body. For the stuffing temperature, the tip of the thermometer (more…)
Where do you insert a meat thermometer in ham?
For food safety, a good meat thermometer is an essential kitchen tool. It’s just as important to know how to use it properly. This is the topic of much confusion and consternation. Fret not! We’ll clear it up with a common sense tips on where to insert the meat thermometer in your Holiday Ham.
Tip # 1: Always use a meat thermometer when baking ham. This applies regardless whether you’re baking a partially cooked or fully cooked ham. It will tell precisely when your ham is done avoiding over-cooked, dry hams or undercooked meat – which can cause food-borne illness.
You can’t guess at ham doneness by eyeballing or using general per-pound oven cooking times. Ovens vary too greatly, as to peoples’ eyeball (more…)
101 Uses for Leftover Ham
We make egg salad once a year. Bet you guessed that it’s the week following the annual visit from that famous bunny, who leaves colorful, hard-cooked eggs all around our house — in the yard if the snow isn’t too deep.
Likewise, I have favorite recipes I pull out annually following the big Holiday Ham Dinner. I make ‘em once a year and they’ve become almost as much a tradition as what we do on Easter itself.
In my estimation, there are probably about 101 ways to use up a bone-in ham. Boneless, too – although I favor a ham bone to make a rich soup stock.
Favorite Leftover Ham Recipes
While I love a thick sliced ham sandwich any day – here are (more…)