Holiday Turkey ChefTips

Vision Loss Cooking for the Holidays is still possible when you organize and plan out your menu.

A properly planned menu will make your day flow better than ever leaving time for enjoying the day with family and friends.


Part #1

Turkey Wrestling


Turkey Thawed?


So many times I have watched people try to work with a turkey that is not thawed or is frozen in the middle.

Take your turkey out to thaw in advance for the holiday.

A few days 3 or so in the refrigerator will thaw it nicely.

Then pat your bird dry, making sure the center is not an ice cube the day before.

You can then season it up in advance, have it ready to go in the oven that morning.

If it is possible let the turkey come to room temperature on the counter 1 or 2 hours. Instead of putting it in the oven cold.

This will help make the cooking times more accurate.

The reason for this is that when you put a ice cold bird in the oven you have to recover all that time lost to get the turkey to room temp before it begins to cook, these times are not taken into account in the cook time on the package.

Now, use these hints and you will rest easy that there will be no turkey wrestling event this year!

Part #2

Be Prepared to Get Turkey Directions

Think ahead,

In the first part of turkey tips we mentioned that you should prepare the turkey and check the thaw process the day ahead, wash & dry.

Now, when you cut off the turkey package on that day you clean the turkey. When removing those instructions, go one step further. Cut around where they seal the two sheets of plastic. I find it is generally on the sides a seam going around the middle. So the face of the package is on the breast side and the instructions on the bottom of the turkey that will sit towards the counter or in the pan

Cut along this line or ridge to get the instructions without tearing them.

Wash the package you cut off and dry.

Take the instructions and get them in the mode of Large Print, recorded or Braille you use. Make it easy to get access quickly.

Don’t forget to get the pounds of your turkey, so you can plan your time.

This is for the turkey that comes in a package that is molded around the turkey, wash the package, dry and then lay out on your scanner or CCTV for reading.

Instruction access is easier if the turkey is fresh not shrink wrapped, but still get the information in your mode of access.

Prepare yourself, when you are in the Holiday cooking rush and have had little sleep you will have your turkey time, temperature and weight accessible,

Keep Cookin

Happy Turkey Day Part 2


USDA Turkey Cooking Link



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