I’m a chef and you’ve been cooking turkey wrong – try my foolproof method and there will be no dry meat this Christmas

I’m a chef and you’ve been cooking turkey wrong – try my foolproof method and there will be no dry meat this Christmas

DECEMBER is just around the corner and many of us will be starting to think about ordering our food for the big day.

While many households up and down the country will be serving up turkey this Christmas day, it’s important that you cook it right, right?

Michelin-trained chef and self-proclaimed ‘potato queen’ Poppy has revealed that we have been cooking turkey all wrong
Michelin-trained chef and self-proclaimed ‘potato queen’ Poppy has revealed that we have been cooking turkey all wrongCredit: TikTok/@poppycook
According to Poppy, if you want a moist bird to impress your loved ones this Christmas, you must follow her two-step rules
According to Poppy, if you want a moist bird to impress your loved ones this Christmas, you must follow her two-step rulesCredit: TikTok/@poppycook
Poppy stresses the importance of dry brining your turkey
Poppy stresses the importance of dry brining your turkeyCredit: TikTok/@poppycook

It’s a hefty weight on the host’s shoulders to get spot on – serving up a juicy bird along with all the other seasonal favourites takes a lot of time and effort.

Undercook your bird and the obvious risk is making everyone ill, but overcooking it could not only leave you with a burnt disaster of a dish but also extremely dry meat.

Luckily for you, a chef is here with her top tips for cooking a delicious turkey.

Poppy O’Toole posts her food hacks to her TikTok account @poppycooks, where she has a whopping 2.7million followers and an impressive 47.1million likes.

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The Michelin-trained chef and self-proclaimed ‘potato queen’ recently took to the social media app to share how to ensure that you cook a delicious turkey, bound to leave your loved ones impressed this festive season. 

She uploaded her turkey clip with the caption ‘To anyone in charge of making the turkey this year… remember to DRY BRINE!’.

She said: “If you are making a turkey this year, or someone else you know is, then send them this video as these are my two tips to get you a delicious, moist, succulent, moist, moist turkey, and that’s exactly what you want.

“We’re going to do a dry brine – this is tip number one, dry brining.

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“Forget that big bucket of water, we’re going to do it dry.

“So, get some salt, sugar, herbs including rosemary and thyme and mixed spice to add a bit of extra flavour.

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“All I’m going to do is dry the turkey off, separate the skin from the flesh, so get your hand in there.

“Then you’re going to leave it in the fridge, covered, for three days.

“Then tip number two – a compound butter, which I will show you in the next video, to get the most perfect, delicious turkey ever”.

In the second video, Poppy explained how she makes her compound butter. 

She continued: “It’s time for the second part of my moist, moist, moist turkey.

“You’ve dry brined and now it’s here for the compound butter.

“This is going to help bring flavour and moisture throughout your bird.

“I’ve got some herbs – rosemary, thyme and garlic.

“Really mush that all up, then add a bit of lemon and orange zest for some festive flavour and some softened butter.

“Mix it until it all comes together and I like to add some juice as well.

“Then push in the compound butter inbetween the skin and the flesh.

“Then put lemon, apple, onion and stalks of the herbs inside.

“Get it into the oven to cook and this will give you that moist, moist turkey”.

TikTok users were extremely impressed with Poppy’s top tips and her original turkey video has racked up a whopping 846.5k views.

It has 71.8k likes, 517 comments and 2,083 shares.

Many TikTok fans appreciated Poppy’s advice and took to the comments to express this. 

One person said: “I don’t even like turkey but this has made me hungry!” 

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Another added: “Can confirm compound butter is the key. My partner hates turkey but last Xmas he loved it thanks to compound butter”. 

A third commented: “It looks delish!! I’ve never seen dry brine done inside of the Turkey only on the outside”. 

She also said that foodies must make a compound butter to put inside their bird
She also said that foodies must make a compound butter to put inside their birdCredit: TikTok/@poppycook

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Abigail Wilson

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