Turkey Time: 3 Ways To Cook Your Tasty Bird

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The best way to cook your turkey for Thanksgiving is still a hot topic nowadays. Whether a professional or amateur home cook, everyone has a different opinion about the best way to cook their turkeys. The way to cook a turkey, like many culinary issues, is a matter of your own taste, and there isn’t one best to do it.


Seal The Deal

One way to cook your bird is to start by sealing the skin. So get the temperature to 200°C (not °F) and let it cook for about 20 to 30 minutes. Slow cook from then on for as long as needed at 150-160°C wrapped in foil, this helps to keep moisture in. This may take over 6 hours (large enough bird to feed 12) to cook. During the last 30 minutes, remove the foil to let the turkey brown.

foil turkey

Stuff the chest cavity with vegetables, herbs, and fruit does keep it moist, but check to make sure they cook as well. You can also lift up the skin and add spices or herbs to add flavor to the breast. The secret to juicy chicken breast is simple – brine them before grilling or baking! It’s very easy and economical, and requires no special cookware. This is the secret that chefs never tell you about.


Grill For The Thrill

Have you ever tried grilling a whole turkey? Grilling is in fact becoming one of the most popular methods of cooking turkey and it is also one of the healthiest cooking methods as well. The grilling process allows fat to drip away from the turkey as it cooks, keeping the meat full of flavor, and more importantly nutritious.

grilled turkey

If the turkey has been frozen or chilled, bring it to room temperature before cooking. Keep it in the plastic wrapping until you are ready to cook it. Place it in a pan while it is getting to room temperature so if it leaks, you’ll be fine. If you get a frozen turkey, you will need to defrost it in the refrigerator for several days first. Note that you will need approximately 5 hours of defrosting for every pound.


Traditional Is Unconditional

And lastly, there’s the traditional method. You’ll need to thaw out the bird, of course. After it’s been thawed, roll up your sleeves and remove the neck and giblets. Rinse out the turkey then dry it inside and out with a paper towel. Once dry, rub the inside of the turkey with a little salt. You can stuff and truss the bird, making sure to leave some room for expansion of the dressing. Now rub with a very light coat of butter under the skin. Place it on a rack, breast side down, in a roaster pan.

traditional turkey

A general oven temperature of 180 degrees is fine, although it’s best to give it half an hour at 220 first, to get it heated through. An organic turkey may take less time than this (2 and a half to 3 hours is recommended for a 12lb bird) and it will also cook slightly faster if there is no stuffing in the cavity. Most importantly, make sure you baste the bird every thirty minutes to keep it moist and flavorful!


There are so many ways to cook a turkey it would be hard to really list them all. But one thing is for sure, there is nothing more tasty or satisfying than a properly cooked turkey. Have you own method of cooking the bird? Let us know below!



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The Ultimate Appliance Buying Guide

Appliance Shopping

Hmm, I think this one will get rid of little Johnny's stains

Are you shopping for a major appliance? It is hard to believe there was ever a day when people had to live without appliances. Refrigerators, air conditioners, microwaves, dishwashers, and washing machines undoubtedly make life more comfortable and convenient. At the same time, however, this comfort and convenience comes at a price. Depending on the type of appliance you purchase, it can cost you several hundreds or even thousands of dollars. There are a variety of major appliances that offer sweet features like energy efficient savings, convenient functionality, modern finishes, and space-saving design. With so many options, it can be tough to choose which appliance will be cost effective. Our appliance buying guide can help you make a smart and informed purchase.


1. Refrigerators


The refrigerator is more often than not, the centerpiece of the kitchen, and for good reason as it stores food. Refrigerator designs and styles have come a long way. To determine the preferred refrigerator design and size, always consider the size of the household and the layout of the kitchen.


Samsung Smart Fridge

This Samsung fridge can tell you the weather if your window is broken

Another important aspect to consider when shopping around is to analyze refrigerator features. You can maximize space, functionality, and design within the kitchen by integrating refrigerators with exciting features such as space saving options, fun finishes, and futuristic technology. The wide range of models available in the market can greatly add to the convenience and value of your kitchen. From the classic top mount unit all the way to the most professional built-in side-by-side model, your fridge goes a long way to define your priorities in the most important room of the house, your kitchen.


2. Washers


Washers are one of the hardest working household appliances in any home, and probably one of the longest-lasting. Choosing the right washer not only helps to reduce your utility bill but it can also prolong the life of your clothing. Washers come in several styles so before you start looking you want to make sure you pick the right type for your lifestyle.


Washer Appliance

Oh no, little Johnny's stains didn't come out

Your first consideration should be space. Space may limit your choice, so it would be wise to measure before you purchase. The next thing to look into would be capacity. If you have a large family or plan on washing larger items including bedding and pillows, choose a machine with a large capacity. Your choice of washer will have a definite impact on your budget for both the short and long term. With a more energy-efficient washer, although the initial purchase may make you cringe, you will reap the benefits in the years to come.


3. Microwave Ovens


The microwave helps you carry out all sorts of kitchen chores faster and easier, from reheating leftovers to popping popcorn. It’s important to find a microwave that fits your kitchen and cooking style. Depending on the set up of your kitchen, the first place to start when microwave shopping is to pick the type and size of oven you want. How big and how powerful a microwave should you get? That mainly depends on what you plan on doing with it. If the microwave you’re looking to buy will be mostly used to reheat foods, then a smaller model will suffice. If you plan on cooking meals for the whole family, such as casseroles, then look for a full-size microwave oven would be the smart choice.


Microwave Appliance

Jillian has been microwaving for one ever since her botched plastic surgery

4. Air Conditioners


Beat the heat with an air conditioner. Because there is a wide range of air conditioner systems available, it’s essential to determine what type of air conditioner is right for you and for your particular situation. There are many factors to consider when making your decision. There are three main types of room air conditioners – window, portable, and through-the-wall. Each has their own benefit, so the ideal type will depend on your needs.


Samsung Air Conditioner

The arctic model of this ac unit has been responsible for 5 cases of hypothermia

Keep in mind that an air conditioner that is Energy Star qualified –will beneficial to limiting the amount of energy it uses. Look for the term ‘EER’, which stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio. EER tells you the ratio of the cooling capacity of an air conditioner in BTUs per hour divided by its consumption of energy, measured in watts. An EER rating higher than 10 is considered cost effective. The higher the EER, the more energy efficient the air conditioner is and that means more money back in your pocket!


5. Dishwashers


A dishwasher is an essential part of any household kitchen. They make doing dishes quick and easy, not to mention it helps free up valuable family time. Make sure you choose a model that is efficient, powerful, and quiet so that you can make cleaning up easier for everyone.


Head Chef & Dishwasher

With the purchase of a dishwasher appliance, this restaurant promoted their dishwasher to head chef

Before you make a purchase, determine what model will best suit your lifestyle. You should also calculate how often you will be running your machine. Built-in models are common in most kitchens. These types are designed to conveniently fit under your kitchen counter. The immediate benefit of these models is that they do not take up valuable floor space. Larger families will want a bigger version to accommodate plates, glassware, and even pots and pans. If you have a smaller family, a smaller model will suffice.


Choosing major appliances for your home should be a rewarding experience. Use our appliance buying guide to help get you through the process of choosing what will fulfill your lifestyle and aesthetics of your home.



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Home Appliance Maintenance Tips

Home appliances are unquestionably a necessary convenience that most people are unwilling to live without. Just as your car needs its oil changed on a regular basis, your household appliances whether big or small, need TLC too. A certain amount of care and maintenance is needed in order to keep your appliances in good working condition. Improper care can lead to an appliance break down which can lead to costly repairs and lost time.


The good news is that a little maintenance can go a long way and ultimately save you money.  The following are tips on how to maintain and keep everyday home appliances in tip-top shape.




Regular maintenance on a refrigerator saves money in the way of food and repairs. Sticky, dirty gaskets stretch and tear, letting cold air leak out. Additionally, dust around the coils makes the unit work harder, which actually shortens its lifespan. Use a long-handled refrigerator coil brush or a vacuum crevice tool to remove any dirt or dust around the condenser coils. With the use of a damp rag, wipe away dust, crumbs, and spills off gaskets and door seals. Just a few minutes of easy maintenance on your refrigerator can save thousands of dollars in potential repairs.


Stoves and Ovens


Stoves and ovens require a great deal of regular care and maintenance, doing so ensures a reduction of costs on repairs bills and an outcome of high quality meals. Food spills and particles can stick to the interior, which may cause your appliance to work less efficiently. Clogged and dirty vent hood filters prevents smoke and odors from leaving your kitchen. Wipe the door seals and the interiors regularly with a damp rag. Clean the grease filters from the vent hood by removing and soaking it in soapy water, rinsing it, drying it, and replacing it when necessary. If your vent hood has a charcoal filter, it’s ideal to replace it every 6 to 12 months. Another tip for ovens is to avoid the handy self-clean feature because of damage to internal parts and toxic fumes due to extreme heat.




Rubber drain hoses are commonly known to burst and cause major water damage to the machine and your home. By keeping the detergent drawer clean, you can be sure that the product flows out naturally during the proper portion of the wash cycle. For some washers, particularly the front-loading ones, keeping the gasket dry can prevent stinky mildew and mold from forming in the tight seals. Simply wipe the door gasket dry after use. Another important tip for this household appliance is to never overload it with laundry. Large loads can quickly lead to a faulty or damaged washer.




Dryers are easy to maintain. First, regularly clean out the lint trap before or after use, this ensures that the vent line is clear of lint. Reduced airflow from lint buildup in the filter reduces efficiency and increases the dry time of your clothes. It can also cause the dryer to overheat and catch fire. Just as with your washer, do not overload your dryer. Overloaded dryers can cause poor air circulation.


Replacing appliances can be both frustrating and expensive. Implementing the proper care for your home appliances can save money and extend the estimated lifespan a few years.  To further reduce risks, appliance insurance is available for a wide range of products.


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