Cooking a Christmas Turkey : Rinsing a Christmas Turkey Before Cooking

Uploaded by expertvillage on 22.01.2008

My name is Brandon Sarkis on behalf of Expert Village and today I'm going to show you how
to make a holiday turkey. Alright so our first step we're going to do is we're going to free
our turkey from its, the shackles of its oppressor, which would be the plastic bag that it's in,
that double netting thing. So let's get this out of here, ignore that name brand that you
just saw. And, what we're going to do is, usually they pack these as they thaw. They
pack them so tightly that there's going to be some fair amount of moisture in the bag.
That should be a combination of turkey juices, as well as, they usually freeze some moisture
actually onto the bird itself, or into the bird. So we're just going to go ahead and
pull them all apart, pull them out of the bag. And that's why you always want to do
this in the sink because this is going to make a mess. You can see all the juice that
just came out of it. We're going to rinse that juice off the turkey because we don't
want nothing to do with that juice, because that's all sorts of weird stuff in there.
So if you've got yourself one of these nice sprayer things for your sink, oops, mine doesn't
want to cooperate, you can just give your turkey a nice little turkey shower. Get those
juices off. You could also just use the actual faucet head, so, as such. You want to make
sure you get all over the turkey, get all the excess fluids off the turkey. This turkey
actually has one of those little turkey timer's in it which is kind of a neat touch, makes
it kind of idiot proff. And at this point you'll see that this turkey's feet are bound
together. A lot of the times when you buy turkeys now, their feet are going to be bound
like that. So, if that's the case, then that eliminates some of our trust work. You also
want to get your fingers inside the bottom of the turkey here and make sure it's not
frozen inside. This one's nice and thawed. So, something else you can do is you can turn
your turkey on its end and just run water through inside of the turkey just to kind
of wash out the interior cavity of the turkey. And, while I get everything else ready, I'm
going to stand my turkey upright, whoa, goodness, he's a, that's a big turkey. Oh and also,
last I forget, you want to open up the neck cavity right here and pull all this fun stuff
out. This is the turkey giblets, so good stuff. So, I'm going to stand my turkey up in the
sink, oopsy, he's slippery, slippery and uncooperative. I'm just going to stand him up like this and
let him drip dry, and he should be fine while we go cut up our onion.