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Turkey prep 101, from brining to cheesecloth

Whether you're a turkey novice or a turkey pro, these helpful tips from chef and Food Network star Alexandra Guarnaschelli can save your Thanksgiving Day meal.Is your bird frozen and you want to roast it?The best way to defrost a turkey is in the refrigerator overnight. If it’s the day of and your turkey is still frozen, submerge it, wrapped in its packaging, in cold water and allow it to defros
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Whether you're a turkey novice or a turkey pro, these helpful tips from chef and Food Network star Alexandra Guarnaschelli can save your Thanksgiving Day meal.

Is your bird frozen and you want to roast it?

The best way to defrost a turkey is in the refrigerator overnight. If it’s the day of and your turkey is still frozen, submerge it, wrapped in its packaging, in cold water and allow it to defrost in cold water for a few hours. The other good news? Even if your bird is still slightly frozen when you stuff and cook it, just allow for a little extra cooking time.

Other Thanksgiving tips

Have a gratin or other item that’s burned on the top? Gently scrape off the top layer. Layer it with a new layer of cheese and rebroil a golden topping! No one will ever know about your mistake!

Have a burned smell in your kitchen from something that’s burned? Discard the burned item and tie up the garbage bag. Removing the garbage bag from your kitchen will drastically reduce the smell. Place two onion halves in your oven to “roast.” It will remove the burned smell and replace it with the lovely smell of browning onion!