Talk Turkey to Me
It’s time to talk turkey and talk trash…in a manner of speaking! Junk King Dallas is offering a FREE copy of the award-winning cookbook that was featured along with Chef Bobby Flay on the Food Network to all customers that book a job in the month of November.
Keep Reading…Free Sneak Peak of How to Cook Perfect Turkey Below…
Get ready for the Holidays with great recipe ideas and a side of humor in the Junk Queen of Dallas’ new Cookbook “Talk Turkey to Me”. Before you start cooking, be sure to get your home in shape with our JUNK KING award winning junk removal services. Spend your time planning the perfect holiday gathering, while we do the hard work of removing outdated appliances, useless and broken furniture, and that build up of junk you’ve been meaning to get to.
About The Book
Talk Turkey to Me is a spirited and playful how-to book that will guide you humorously as you prepare a perfect turkey for any occasion. It features an assortment of cooking methods. Whether you choose to prepare your turkey the traditional way—roasted in the oven—or on a grill or rotisserie, roasted upside down, or even cooked from frozen (yes!), you’ll find that this cookbook is like no other. The pages that follow contain detailed instructions for more than 20 cooking methods and how to achieve a picture-perfect turkey every time. Our “call girl,” Renee Ferguson, provides straightforward answers to questions from the call-in turkey hotline, an essential resource for those legions of people who find themselves with a case of “turkey trauma” when it comes time to prepare their holiday meal.
But all these amazing recipes won’t be of much use if you’re not happy with your kitchen! Don’t be scared to gift yourself an appliance upgrade this holiday season! Improper disposal of electronic devices poses a significant impact to the immediate environment. As such, it is essential to dispose of them in an environmentally friendly manner.
Don’t Trash the Turkey!
Fresh Vs. Frozen
A fresh turkey is just that—fresh, not frozen. As it requires no thawing time, it’s ready to cook. One of the hazards of buying a fresh turkey is the tendency to ignore any dates that may appear on the label. Consider when your dinner is going to be and plan accordingly, buying your fresh turkey no more than a few days ahead. Although many advances have been made in packaging and refrigeration, everything has a limited life span: once the wrapper has been cut or compromised, the clock is ticking toward spoilage. Always cook the turkey within 3 days of the “sell by” date.
When do I Need to Thaw My Turkey
National Thaw Your Turkey Day
The Thursday before Thanksgiving is National Thaw Your Turkey Day. No matter how big or how small your turkey, it’s time to take it out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator. Small turkeys that thaw in 3 to 4 days still can be safely held in the refrigerator if kept in the original wrapper and at a refrigerator temperature of 40ºF or lower.
How to Thaw a Frozen Turkey by Weight:
How Do I Thaw My Turkey Quickly?
Here’s a quick-thaw method. Partially fill the sink with cold water. Place the turkey breast side down in the water so that it’s like an iceberg, with the largest part submerged. The turkey itself will float, so don’t worry—it need not be fully submerged. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that you change the water every 30 minutes. The thawing time is easy to calculate: just divide the weight by two, and that’s the number of hours needed to thaw the turkey in cold water.
Cold-Water Quick-Thaw Guide
- Leave the wrapper on the turkey.
- Divide the weight by two to determine the number of hours needed to thaw it in cold water.
- Change the water every 30 minutes.
- Place the turkey breast-side-down in the water. The turkey will float!
- Sanitize the sink when finished.
- Do not thaw at room temperature, as this will cause bacterial growth to increase on the surface of the turkey before the inside is fully thawed.
- Allow ample time for the turkey to thaw in the refrigerator; use the thawing guide.
Now that your turkey is thawed, your next question is… How do I get started cooking my turkey?
Cooking Your Turkey
Remove the wrapping from the turkey.
- Drain the turkey over the sink and check both of its cavities. One holds the neck and the other the bag of giblets. Remove these and either reserve them for use in your recipes or discard them. Some people like to cook them for either themselves or their pet—it’s up to you!
- Blot the exterior of the turkey dry with paper towels.
- Stuff the turkey if desired.
- Bend the wings behind the back of the turkey (optional). This move is meant to hold the neck skin in place, but it’s not really necessary.
- Brush or spritz the turkey with oil, and season if desired. • Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer into the turkey.
Prepping the turkey and roasting it are easy to do despite attempts by many to complicate the matter. Simply place the turkey on a rack in a shallow, open pan. If you’re using a disposable roasting pan, place the pan on a baking sheet for support. Most disposable foil pans have some “bumps” on the bottom that act as a rack, helping to keep the turkey out of its juices as it cooks. Brush the skin with oil, or use a cooking spray to add moisture to the skin.
Seasoning Your Turkey to Perfection
Seasoning is a matter of personal preference. In reality, any seasoning that is sprinkled or rubbed on the turkey will not flavor or penetrate the skin or the ribs. The skin is a barrier—it keeps substances from getting into the meat. Think about your own skin. If you sprinkle oregano on yourself, it wouldn’t seep through your skin and flavor your insides! The only part of the turkey that gets flavored is the skin itself—as well as the pan drippings. Trends in seasoning change, just as recipe ideas featured in magazines change from year to year. Whatever choice of flavors is your passion, just remember to follow the timing guide for the specific cooking method you will be using. The only thing you really need to do is keep it simple.
Is a Dry Rub Better Than Marinade?
Some people use a dry rub, while others marinate the turkey using their favorite seasonings. The variations are countless. There may be as many recipes as there are cooks, and they can range from simple to complex. Some people feel that if they don’t shake something onto the turkey they just aren’t cooking it at all! Permission granted. If you want to season the turkey with salt and pepper before roasting, go ahead, but know that any seasoning that you sprinkle on top of the bird or place in the cavity will not affect the flavor of the turkey and may affect the flavor of the gravy. Your only essential ingredient is oil. Everything else is superfluous.
Should I Stuff My Turkey?
To stuff or not to stuff, that is the question. There are as many opinions about stuffing safety as there are recipes, but here’s the bottom line: if the stuffing has been prepared properly, placed in the turkey just before roasting, and cooked to a temperature of 160ºF, it’s perfectly safe. Here are a few tips for proper food handling when it comes to stuffing:
- Do not prepare your stuffing in advance.
- Do not stuff your turkey the night before.
- Do not use uncooked meats in your stuffing.
- Do not use eggs in your stuffing (an egg substitute is acceptable).
- You may sauté your vegetables and meat in advance, but do not toss them with the broth and the bread cubes or crumbs until you are ready to stuff your turkey.
- When taking the final temperature of the turkey, also take the temperature of the stuffing. The thermometer should read 160ºF when placed in the center of the stuffing.
How to Determine if Your Turkey is Done
Confusion abounds among chefs and home cooks alike when it comes to oven temperatures and final cooking temperatures. If you were to cook your turkey to an end temperature of 160ºF, the meat— though safe to eat—would be very rare and have an unappetizing quality and texture; the juices would be very pink and the meat would be chewy. So, for optimum taste and visual appeal, it is recommended that the thigh temperature be 180ºF.
If you just don’t have a meat thermometer, the old-fashioned method of piercing the lower thigh with a fork to see if the juices are running clear will have to do. The color of the skin is not an indication of doneness. Even if the skin is brown, it may be that the outside just cooked too quickly because of a high oven temperature. Conversely, the skin could be pale simply because you used a covered pan and the turkey itself could be done. Poke around with a fork to pierce the lower parts and check to make sure the juices are running clear.
Remember, these tips for the perfect turkey are just scratching the surface on all of the details required for this meal and so many others! Find the real deal cookbook from the Queen of Texas herself here:
Purchase copies of the cookbook for $20 includes FREE shipping at:
Talk Turkey To Me
Also available as an $2.99 e-book:
Talk Turkey To Me
Ready to Get the Perfect Holiday Home to Accompany Your Meal?
What Does Appliance Removal Entail?
Appliance removal entails hauling away different appliances from your home or business. Appliances fall into different categories depending on their size, composite materials, and use. Our professional team at Junk King assesses and subsequently categorizes the devices you want to get rid of onsite. The team then loads them onto trucks based on their type and hauls them to different recycling and disposal facilities in the Dallas metropolitan area. Some of the appliances we remove for you include:
- Washing machines
- Air conditioners
- Beverage chillers
- Vacuum cleaners
- Trash compactors
- Electric stoves
At Junk King, our professional team helps you solve the challenges mentioned above. Our eco-friendly philosophy allows us to remove and dispose of your appliances in an environmentally friendly way. More fundamentally, we pay close attention to the contaminants in every one of your appliances to ensure that we do not harm the environment. In line with our environmental consciousness, we also strive to recycle and re-purpose different parts of your appliances that are recyclable. Additionally, we have the requisite equipment, tools, and personnel to help you haul away bulky appliances with relative ease. In everything we do, we prioritize your needs and endeavor to give you an unmatched customer experience.
Ways Junk King Makes Furniture Removal Seamless in Dallas
At Junk King, we are committed and dedicated to making your furniture removal seamless. In essence, some of the ways through which we achieve this objective include:
At Junk King, we make it easier for you to reach us through phone or email. Upon receiving your request for our services via email, our customer service personnel contact you almost instantaneously. During the call, the team seeks to determine additional details such as your location, the specific appliances you want to get rid of, and the appliances’ specifications.
Additionally, our customer service specialists give you a cost estimate based on the information you provide to us. The specialists then schedule a specific time when the appliance removal team will arrive at your home or business. Our prompt and efficient approach to customer service at Junk King allows our team to call you 10 to 15 minutes before we arrive at your location. As such, easy scheduling typifies our excellent customer service.
Given the complexity of modern-day appliances, it is difficult for you to know how to dispose of your devices in an environmentally friendly manner. Junk King is committed to making your appliance removal seamless through recycling. We recognize that some appliances and components can cause harm to the environment. Also, we adopt an eco-friendly approach to disposing of unrecyclable materials obtained from your machines and devices. At Junk King, we are aware that improperly disposing of appliances can lead to a host of environmental challenges, our company-wide approach continues to tackle these issues and focus on the preservation of our environment.
Making Recycling a Priority
Our team of experts adopts a multi-step process to recycle your appliances. The first step entails conducting an onsite assessment of the devices you want to remove. At this stage, the team classifies the machines into different categories based on the appliance’s constituent materials. The second step of the process involves hauling the appliances you want to get rid of onto our trucks. Our team of loaders ordinarily packs the devices onto the back of the vehicle based on the categories identified in the first step.
In the third step, Junk King’s workers take the appliances to a sorting facility to disassemble them. Our team of experts then categorizes the parts and places them into designated areas. Junk king teams place recyclable parts in one section of the facility and non recyclable materials in a different location. Our team of professionals strives to dispose of the non recyclable materials in a manner that causes the least harm to the environment.
The last step of the recycling process includes hauling the recyclable materials to a recycling facility. Our teams sort metals into aluminum, iron, steel, copper, and zinc at the recycling facility. Additionally, our teams place plastics, rubber, and glass in for recycling. We aim to ensure that your appliance disposal process is seamless and harmless to the environment.
Hands-Free Appliance Removal
At Junk King, we strive to make your appliance removal seamless by giving you a hands-free appliance disposal experience. Our professional team is always ready to get their hands dirty and do the heavy lifting on your behalf. Junk King understands that some appliances are pretty heavy, and moving them from one place to another is not easy. As such, we send the correct number of personnel to your home or business to haul the heavy stuff for you. Additionally, we have the right equipment to disassemble huge appliances that cannot fit through doors for easier removal.
Our team of loaders is also highly experienced and ready to remove the appliances you want to get rid of efficiently and promptly. At Junk King, we also understand that old devices may have significant dust, water, or oil on their surfaces. Essentially, the hands-free appliance removal process is designed to prevent you from getting your clothes and hands dirty in removing appliances from your home or business. Moreover, we recognize that specific machines come with sharp edges that can cut or bruise you. Therefore, our team of loaders comes dressed in safety gear, including gloves, aprons, and helmets, to ensure that the appliance removal process is safe and seamless.
Get Reliable Appliance Removal in Dallas, Texas
At Junk King, we prioritize your appliance disposal needs by giving you an unmatched appliance removal process. We follow an eco-friendly philosophy that enables us to recycle the recyclable components of your appliances. Also, we dispose of the unrecyclable parts in an environmentally friendly manner. Our primary objective in customer service is to give you a hands-free appliance removal process that is unsurpassed in the industry. So, contact us today for your appliance removal needs.
Book your job TODAY and receive a FREE copy of the cookbook Talk Turkey to Me ($20 value)! With over 80 delicious side dish recipes from appetizers to desserts and everything in between to cook up a good time in the kitchen year-round. Whether novice or seasoned cook – anyone can become their own expert with a copy of Talk Turkey to Me.