11/19/2013 05:21 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Two Reasons You Should Always Truss Your Turkey

Sure, it looks beautiful, but properly tying up your bird also helps promote even cooking by achieving uniform density.

The technique is very similar to that of trussing a chicken but with a few more twists and turns. The key is to draw your string around, not across, the major meat sections.

The video will show you how to easily keep your thighs high and tight and plump your breasts.


But if you like your poultry skin extra crispy, consider not trussing at all -- oh, the Thanksgiving dilemmas.

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