In the Kitchen … Is It Done Yet?

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Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas rib roast or pork chops on the grill – stop the guessing with an Instant Read Thermometer …

You know I’ve got, well not a million, but lots of gadgets. Each and every one of them is an absolutely, positively essential. Especially at Thanksgiving, this gadget girl couldn’t live without her instant read thermometer.

It’s the perfect tool to end the great is-it-done-yet debate. Whoever’s advice you follow, Julia, Martha or the USDA, an instant read thermometer lets you know if your turkey is done in three hours (twelve to fourteen pounds) or needs another fifteen or thirty minutes. Just insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. In a few seconds, you’ll get a reading on the bird’s internal temperature. As soon as the thigh reaches 165 degrees, remove the turkey from the oven.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to drive all over town to find one. Most supermarkets have instant read thermometers on their gadget  rack with the wire whisks and rubber spatulas.

And it’s not just for Thanksgiving, I use my instant read thermometer throughout the year. Whether I’m roasting or grilling, it’s a great way to know when meats, poultry and even fish are ready.

Don’t forget to let the turkey rest for twenty to thirty minutes once it’s cooked. If you cut it too soon, all the juices will run out and you’ll end up with a dry bird. Have a great turkey and a great holiday.

Bon appétit

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What’s your favorite Thanksgiving trick or tip? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below. I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2011

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