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3 Simple Steps for Crispy Skin on Your Turkey Every Time - Tips from The Kitchn

3 Simple Steps for Crispy Skin on Your Turkey Every Time - Tips from The Kitchn
From The Kitchn - November 7, 2017

Crispy turkey skin is quite possibly the best part of the Thanksgiving meal. We know that brining a turkey will yield a roast turkey with moist, juicy meat, but what about the skin? Everybody loves crispy skin. Here are three key steps you need to take to ensure perfectly crispy skin every single time.

1. Dry the skin thoroughly after brining.

If you brine your turkey and do not take the time to dry off the skin after, you risk disaster (read: soft, limp turkey skin). The drier the skin, the better; some cooks will make sure to leave the skin uncovered for several hours before roasting their Thanksgiving turkey to air-dry the skin after first blotting it dry. Less water on the surface of the skin means more opportunity for the moisture of the skin to dry out in the oven, resulting in crispier skin.

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2. Rub the skin with fat.

Once you have carefully dried off the skin, the next step you can take to guarantee perfectly crispy turkey skin is to rub it with a fat, like butter or oil. Oil will yield a crispier skin than butter because butter is at least 20 percent water, while oil contains no water.

3. Do not cover the turkey.

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