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If you’re not into keeping a turkey for several hours on Thanksgiving Day, let me convince you that you should baste your turkey.
This is not as inappropriate as it sounds. The term spatchcock, which is a 17th-century shorthand for “ship the rooster,” basically refers to the fluttering of your bird. You simply open up a turkey and flatten it by cutting the backbone and pressing down on the bird until it opens onto a baking sheet, resulting in an evenly cooked turkey with a crispy skin. a fraction of the time a traditional roast turkey takes. (Check out the full instructions in the video above.)
Flattening the turkey helps each part of the turkey cook at the same rate (the breasts and thighs will finish at the same time!), It makes more area of the skin available to become nice and crisp, and it speeds up the cooking considerably. cooking time (most will only take about an hour!).
And best of all, it’s easy to do, unless you’re missing a crucial tool that most home cooks don’t have: poultry shears.
If you have a pair of spring loaded poultry shears, slicing up the backbone of the turkey is as easy as slicing butter. If you’re thinking, “Oh, but I already have kitchen scissors. It will work! You are extremely wrong. Traditional scissors will slip and slide, and you’re more likely to cut your finger than slice the turkey. Sharp knives are also extremely dangerous in this scenario, so don’t try them either.
Can you say I learned this the hard way? Don’t make the same mistake I made – order yourself a pair of poultry shears right away, when there is enough time to arrive before Thanksgiving. Here is the Oxo pair that I use, along with some other great alternatives.
Oxo Good Grips Spring Poultry Shears
This is the version I use and trust. I especially like that the blades lock in the closed position when you’re done using them, so you don’t get accidental knocks when digging through your drawer.
Get them on Amazon for $ 25.49.
Gerior poultry shears
These are also highly rated and come at a slightly lower price.
Buy them on Amazon for $ 19.99.
Szfixez Poultry Shears
These are another customer favorite on Amazon and are offered at the lowest price.
Get them on Amazon for $ 16.99.
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