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Thanksgiving FAQs

Find expert answers to all of your pressing Thanksgiving questions, from how to patch cracks in your pie crust to how to reheat leftover turkey.

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How Long Should I Salt Turkey?

In our search for a tender, juicy, well-seasoned bird, we quantified just how fa…

Which Turkey Giblets Should I Use?

Which parts from the turkey cavity should you use for gravy?

How to Reheat Leftover Turkey

Reheating leftover turkey sounds easy enough, but doing so with good results is …

Interpreting Turkey Breast Labels

We interpret the labels found on turkey breasts—regular, true cut, hotel, and co…

Thanksgiving Make-Ahead Schedule

The guide you need to prepare a stress-free Thanksgiving feast.

Is Basting a Turkey Really Worth It?

Basting is a time-honored method for keeping a turkey or chicken moist—we wonder…

An Easy Way to Make Your Pies Feel Fancier

Want to take your pies and galettes to the next level? Add a subtle flavoring to…

How to Patch Cracks in Your Pie Crust

If cracks or holes form in your pie crust during prebaking, what's the best way …

How to Build a “No-Weave” Lattice Top

Looking for an easier way to create a lattice-topped pie? Here's how.

How to Choose a Sweet Potato

Sweet potato varieties with orange or red skin and deep orange flesh, including …

All About Celery Root

Celery root (also known as celeriac) boasts a crisp, firm, parsnip-like texture …

How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree

Baking recipes usually call for canned pumpkin, but if you have fresh pumpkins c…

Which Mashing Method is Best?

The equipment you use to mash your potatoes will have a big effect on their text…

Is It OK to Use Packaged Squash?

Is pre-peeled, pre-cut squash an acceptable substitute for fresh?

Three Ways to Thicken Gravy

When your sauce, gravy, or stew doesn’t turn out quite as thick as you’d hoped, …

Should I Buy a Frozen or Fresh Turkey?

Each one has its benefits.

How to Take a Pie Through Airport Security

Can you fly with a pie? Here are tips for traveling with dessert.

An Easy Fix for Torn Turkey Skin

Use this test kitchen technique for darning turkey skin that emerges from the pa…

Can I Refreeze Pie Dough?

If you don't use both frozen pie crusts sold together in a pack, is it okay to r…

The Easiest Way to Mash Butternut Squash

If you hate having to peel and chop squash before mashing, there is an easier wa…

Can I Brine My Frozen Turkey as It Thaws?

Can you brine a frozen turkey while it thaws to kill two birds with one stone?

How to Cook a Turkey in an Oven Bag

Cooking turkey in an oven bag can result in moist meat and perfectly browned ski…

What Size Turkey Should I Buy?

Get the right bird for your gathering.