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The 5 Biggest Thanksgiving Turkey Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

11/10/2010 03:19 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

TurkeyEven though Thanksgiving isn't upon us yet, it’s time to talk turkey.  Buying and roasting a bird can be intimidating, especially if you’re a first-time host or hostess. Even those of us who have done it before have a hard time shaking those nagging thoughts revolving around whether the bird will be juicy or dry or—worse yet—underdone.

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It’s understandable. After all, if you’re like most people, you’re only roasting a turkey once, maybe twice a year. We’ve roasted quite a few turkeys in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, and through trial and error, we’ve picked up on some common turkey mistakes and how to avoid them.

How to Avoid 5 of the Biggest Thanksgiving Turkey Mistakes

Feel ready to start roasting? Check out this recipe to inspire you to pull off a flawless turkey this year:

Lemon-Garlic Roast Turkey & White-Wine Gravy

More to Inspire You This Thanksgiving:

Stunning Thanksgiving Desserts

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Luscious Pumpkin Desserts

By Hilary Meyer Hilary Meyer

Hilary Meyer is assistant editor for EatingWell Media Group. Hilary spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.


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