Chowhound’s 10 Thanksgiving Cooking Essentials

No holiday raises more cooking questions than Thanksgiving, and there’s no better place to ask for advice than Chowhound. Check out these Thanksgiving kitchen essentials, with links to Chowhound discussions that should help make your feast one to remember.

1. BAG IT
Brine or no brine, roasting in a bag yields supermoist turkey.

2. FLIP THE BIRD
A lot of cooks swear by roasting a turkey breast-side down for the first hour before flipping. Chowhounds have all the details.

3. TAKE IT OUTSIDE
If the weather allows, use your kettle grill as an outdoor turkey-roasting oven.

4. STICK A FORK IN IT
A cooked turkey should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. How do you test to see if it’s done, and how long should a cooked bird rest?

5. GRAVY GOLD
What do you do with that bag of giblets you pull out of the bird? Turn them into the best gravy ever.

6. CRANBERRIES FOR EVERY MOOD
If you’re bored with basic, Chowhounds have dozens of ideas for cranberry sauce variations.

7. BETTER BOXED STUFFING
Not making stuffing from scratch this year? Spruce up a packaged stuffing mix to make it your own.

8. STRESS-FREE SPUDS
Making mashed potatoes ahead of time is no problem, as long as you know how.

9. PUMPKIN PIE 911
You start to make a pie, but you forgot to buy evaporated milk for the filling. Chowhounds to the rescue!

10. APPLE PIE ANSWERS
What kind of apples work best for pie? Chowhounds break it down.

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