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Turkey Recipes, How to Cook Turkey

In choosing turkey for cooking, select those that are fresh and fat, and the best way to determine whether they are young is to test the skin under the leg or wing. If it is easily broken, it is young; or, turn the wing backwards, if the joint yields readily, it is tender. When turkey are young the skin is thin and tender, the legs smooth, the feet moist and limber, and the eyes full and bright. The body should be thick and the breast fat. Old turkeys have long hairs, and the flesh is purplish where it shows under the skin on the legs and back. By about March they deteriorate in quality.

Following are some great ideas for cooking turkeys complete with basic and easy to follow instructions for how to prepare and cook turkey including turkey cooking times and how to cook turkey legs and wings. See also our advice on turkey carving

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