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gremlin

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how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Thu, 11/16/06 4:38 PM (permalink)
what's the best way to get crispy, delicious turkey skin? baste with butter? roast covered or uncovered?
i have a feeling that me and my brother in law will be fighting over it this year. he called it first, but since it's my house and i'm cooking... i will be thankfull as he watches me eat it all.
i think it's the best part of the turkey, i wish i could just get a platefull of it with some stuffing and gravy. that would be heaven!
and nobody bring up health isues, it's turkey day and nothing is healthy! anybody else have this fetish?

barrett
 
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    dbrandon

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    RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Thu, 11/16/06 4:52 PM (permalink)
    Turkey (and chicken, and duck...) skin is a wonderful thing. The best general advice I can give is to start with a relatively low temp in the oven to melt/render out most of the fat, and then finish with a quick burst of high heat to crisp up the skin. Others may have more specific tips.

    Dan B,
    counting down the days...
     
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      Texianjoe

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      RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Thu, 11/16/06 5:30 PM (permalink)
      quote:
      Originally posted by dbrandon

      Turkey (and chicken, and duck...) skin is a wonderful thing. The best general advice I can give is to start with a relatively low temp in the oven to melt/render out most of the fat, and then finish with a quick burst of high heat to crisp up the skin. Others may have more specific tips.

      Dan B,
      counting down the days...


      The couple of cooking shows I've seen on the subject say the opposit. Cook at 500 deg for the first 30 minuits and then cover the breast with a foil triangle and lower the heat to 350 deg and finish cooking. Both sound like they would work.

      joe
       
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        ahomer

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        RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Thu, 11/16/06 5:33 PM (permalink)
        I cooked a turkey today on a Weber kettle that came out with great crispy skin. I cooked using indirect heat and covered the bird with Crisco before I put it on. I never covered the bird with foil. The 22 pound bird was done in 2 hours and 45 minutes.
        Al
         
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          NebGuy

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          RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Thu, 11/16/06 6:21 PM (permalink)
          Use a blow torch. Never fails.
           
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            desertdog

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            RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Thu, 11/16/06 6:59 PM (permalink)
            Every year my wife bastes the turkey with orange juice during the last hour or so of cooking. Skin comes out nice and crispy. Don't know what the OJ has to do with it, but it seems to work.
             
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              ann peeples

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              RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Thu, 11/16/06 7:44 PM (permalink)
              I have always simply basted my turkey every half hour-I use the juices from the giblets,celery and onion and water that I simmer prior to baking-that concoction also is the moisture for my stuffing simple, easy and cheap!!!
               
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                shortchef

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                RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Fri, 11/17/06 10:11 AM (permalink)
                Ann, that's what I do, too. And it never fails. My son and I are the only ones who indulge in the skin, but it's worth all the basting etc. I think that is the best part of the turkey. But it's all good.
                 
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                  gremlin

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                  RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Fri, 11/17/06 12:27 PM (permalink)
                  yummy, lots of good advice. thanks!

                  barrett
                   
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                    MikeS.

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                    RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Sat, 11/18/06 11:21 PM (permalink)
                    My family fights over the skin, some pushing and shoving is involvwed.

                    I do 30mins at 450 and then drop to 325.

                    MikeS.
                     
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                      CajunKing

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                      RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Sun, 11/19/06 12:14 AM (permalink)
                      We always fight over the smoked turkey skin, lots of pushing and shoving here too.
                       
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                        CajunKing

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                        RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Mon, 11/20/06 1:06 AM (permalink)
                        most modern birds are self basting, and open the door over and over again tends to dry out the bird over all IMHO.

                        I start by brushing the bird with oil or melted butter, sprinkle it with a mixture of salt cayenne and a bit of smoked paprika

                        start in a hot oven 450 degrees, then cover the breast with foil and lower heat to 350 and let the thing cook until the internal temp reaches desired doneness.

                        remove turkey allow to rest and then dig in and eat all the skin before the rest of the family comes in
                         
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                          lorettalockhorn

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                          RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Mon, 11/20/06 9:17 AM (permalink)
                          I do turkey like I do duck; air dry the bird in the fridge overnight. Set it up so that the air circulates completely around him (her?). Roast in a shallow pan.
                           
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                            Ashphalt

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                            RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Mon, 11/20/06 9:52 AM (permalink)
                            Air-drying is a big plus. I brine, then dry for at least 12 hours. Turning the bird during cooking (breast-down, first, then breast up) evens the cooking and helps give more crisp skin, IMO. Yes, I baste, but I don't buy injected birds.

                            BTW - the cook has rights to nab the pope's nose before it hits the table.
                             
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                              lorettalockhorn

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                              RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Mon, 11/20/06 10:36 AM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Ashphalt

                              Air-drying is a big plus. I brine, then dry for at least 12 hours. Turning the bird during cooking (breast-down, first, then breast up) evens the cooking and helps give more crisp skin, IMO. Yes, I baste, but I don't buy injected birds.



                              BTW - the cook has rights to nab the pope's nose before it hits the table.


                              My mother's nurse always calls it "the part that went over the fence last".
                               
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                                kland01s

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                                RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Tue, 11/21/06 11:23 AM (permalink)
                                I have had good luck with a crisp skin when cooking in the Weber grill with the indirect method as someone stated above. One year I did a early in the process rub of maple syrup, then butter every now and then.
                                 
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                                  rjb

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                                  RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Tue, 11/21/06 11:56 AM (permalink)
                                  Crispiest skin comes from deep frying. The hot oil (300+ degrees) transmits far more heat to the skin that the air in an oven of the same temp, so more liquids (water & rendered fat) exit the skin, leaving it dryer & crispier. And the high heat creates steam in & under the skin which keeps the frying oil from soaking in.

                                  Any process that adds liquid to the skin (i.e., basting) cools it off, as does frequent oven openings, and makes the skin less crispy.
                                   
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                                    CajunKing

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                                    RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Fri, 11/24/06 4:49 PM (permalink)
                                    I used a roasting oven for our roast turkey this year and it came out wonderful, you should have seen 6 grown adults pushing and grabbing, my uncle got stuck by the carving fork (he should have never reached in front of the carver)
                                     
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                                      desertdog

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                                      RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Fri, 11/24/06 5:22 PM (permalink)
                                      I did mine indirect on the gas grill this year with it sitting in a drip pan (Breast only.) Rubbed it with olive oil and Penzey's Centennial rub about 4 hours before cooking. Cooked it at 375 degrees for about 2 1/2 hours. Crispy, juicy and delicious !
                                       
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                                        agnesrob

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                                        RE: how to get crispy turkey skin? it's soooo good! Fri, 11/24/06 6:17 PM (permalink)
                                        I always put a duck on a rack, pierced it all over, breast side down. I cover it with soy sauce and half way through roasting flip it over, repierce it and again pour soy sauce over it. Roast until crisp all over. It never tastes overly of the soy sauce but is always wonderful. Every year my kids and I have this as the center of our Christmas Eve feast.
                                         
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