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Tips for a Tender and Healthier Holiday Turkey

By slow cooking your turkey, the meat stays moist. Especially when you're cooking a large bird, you typically have to put it in the night before. That means when you wake up the morning of Thanksgiving, the house is filled with the aroma of roasting turkey. Yum.

  • Start with a fresh, organic turkey
  • Rinse the bird thoroughly and pat dry.
  • Put cut fruit or sprigs of fresh herbs in the cavity but no stuffing.
  • Season the skin if you choose either on the surface or underneath the skin of the breasts.
  • Cook the turkey for one hour at 300 degrees to kill any residual surface bacteria.
  • Then, turn the oven down to 200 degrees and cook for one hour/pound. Do not cover the bird. Double check temperature with a separate, professional-grade thermometer.

- Dr. Paul Sokal, internal medicine physician on the medical staff at Baylor Dallas