Turkey Time!

20 Nov

Need some last minute Thanksgiving Inspiration?

Williams-Sonoma celebrates entertaining and cooking and is the perfect place to stop into for any of your Thanksgiving needs!

From essential equipment like roasting pans and gravy separators to smart shortcuts like stuffing mixes and pie fillings, they have everything you need to create a delicious and stress-free holiday meal!

One advantage of waiting until the last minute is that you can scoop up some fantastic savings!  Most Thanksgiving items are up to 50% off.

I personally couldn’t resist a few items since I’m hosting this year…

They have everything you need for your Turkey! Plus, you can ask for tips!

I liked some of their last minute turkey tips and wanted to share!

Whether it’s your first turkey or your 30th, there are always a few questions that pop up on the big day.  They answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding roasting a turkey and have linked to a number of other helpful guides.

1. How big of a turkey should I buy?
To make sure you have enough turkey for Thanksgiving Day, along with some leftovers, plan on 1 to 1 1/2 pounds per person. If you have hearty eaters, increase this amount by 1/2 pound.

2. What’s the best way to thaw a frozen turkey and how long does it take?
The safest and easiest way is to thaw the frozen turkey in the refrigerator. A good rule of thumb is to allow 24 hours for every 4 pounds of turkey. Depending on your refrigerator temperature, a 12-pound bird should thaw in 3 days.

3. It’s Thanksgiving morning and my turkey is still frozen. What can I do?
Place the unwrapped turkey in a deep sink and fill with enough cold water so the turkey floats. Drain the sink and replace the water every 30 minutes until the turkey is thawed. Allow about 30 minutes per pound.

4. Can I stuff the turkey the night before roasting?
No. Always stuff the turkey just before putting it in the oven. You can, however, make the stuffing the night before and refrigerate it until you’re ready to roast the turkey. Be sure to let the turkey and the stuffing rest at room temperature one hour before stuffing.

5. What’s the proper way to stuff a turkey?
A great trick is to line the turkey cavity with a double layer of cheesecloth before loosely spooning the cold stuffing inside. Don’t pack the stuffing in too tightly, since it will expand as it roasts.

6. How long does a turkey need to roast and at what temperature?
Roasting times can vary depending on the temperature of the turkey when it goes in the oven, if your oven temperature isn’t accurate and how big the turkey is. So always check the temperature of the turkey to ensure that it’s fully cooked. Click here for approximate roasting times.

7. How do I know when my turkey is done?
The most accurate way is to take the internal temperature using a thermometer. The breast needs to register 165°F and the thigh, 175°F. If the turkey is stuffed, the stuffing needs to reach 165°F as well.

8. How often should I baste the turkey?
Basting is optional when roasting a turkey. To ensure a moist turkey, the key is to not overcook it. Try using a remote digital thermometer that will alert you when the turkey is fully cooked yet still juicy. If you choose to baste the bird, do so every 30 minutes.

Be sure to check out a few other ideas on adding flavor and moisture to your holiday turkey.

9. Can I roast my turkey the day before Thanksgiving and then reheat it?
Turkey is always best served the day it is roasted. However, if you need to cook it ahead, carve the roasted turkey into thick slices, arrange in a shallow baking dish and refrigerate. When you’re ready to reheat, add about 1 cup of chicken stock to the dish, cover with foil and heat in a 325°F oven until the meat is warm.

10. How long does cooked turkey keep in the refrigerator?
Approximately 3 days. Before storing leftover turkey, remove the meat from the bones, place in an airtight container and drizzle with a little stock before sealing. Don’t miss all our great recipes using leftover turkey!

Need some more great reasons to stop in? Check out all my great finds here:

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Not only did I see great Turkey Day ideas, but I noticed some Christmas faves!

It’s time for sugar and spice and everything nice!!! Peppermint Bark is always a great gift!

Their nostalgic peppermint bark is often copied but never matched in quality or flavor. It’s handmade from custom-blended Guittard premium chocolate, infused with natural peppermint oil, layered with creamy white chocolate and finished with a snowfall of crisp handmade peppermint candy bits.

  • An original Williams-Sonoma recipe and our beloved holiday tradition.
  • Prepared using time-honored confectionery techniques.
  • Master candymakers pour semisweet chocolate onto a confectioner’s table, then add a layer of creamy white chocolate. A sprinkling of crisp handmade peppermint candy bits offers an inspired contrast to the rich, velvety smoothness of the world-class chocolate.
  • 1 lb.

One really neat and unique Holiday gift I am exited to share…

Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools Kitchen Stand for Tablets

They designed and developed their Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools collection to make it easy for you to watch cooking videos, search for recipes, listen to music and even video chat while you cook and entertain. Our Kitchen Stand supports your tablet device horizontally or vertically at the perfect angle for viewing, whether up close or a few feet away. The stand rests securely atop their Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools Bluetooth® Speaker (sold separately) on a nonslip silicone base.

Just the stand is $50… if you want the set with the speakers, it is closer to $200.

Really neat gift, don’t you think??

GURU TIP: Head on in on a Saturday morning from 10-11 for a free cooking class!  Interested in a fun and different girl’s night out idea? Try signing up for one of their Tuesday night cooking classes! Chef Sheila Burkes teaches on Tuesdays from 6-8pm. Bonus, you get to enjoy a sit down meal! Be sure to tell Sheila the Guru sent ya!!

Also, if you are ever feeling overwhelmed with planning the perfect gathering, schedule a one-on-one appointment with one of their experts for some assistance!

So, head on in for some creative inspiration, delicious recipes and expert guidance for a memorable and stress-free celebration!

Hope you have a relaxed  yet festive gathering this year! ENJOY!🙂

One Response to “Turkey Time!”

  1. business April 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    Which was both of those attention-grabbing at the same
    time as insightful! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

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