Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and with it, a wide range of attendant kitchen crises and anxieties. Each year, we take on your FAQs in written form, but this time around, I decided to try something new. In this week's episode of Special Sauce, Kenji and I field our listeners' call-in questions, and tackle the pressing concerns that plague Thanksgiving cooks (and their guests) around the country.
Not sure what kind of turkey to buy, given the array of choices most consumers face these days? We take a look at the pros and cons of the classic Butterball; free-roaming and free-range birds; and the far more expensive, harder-to-cook, but oh-so-flavorful heritage turkey. What's that? You want to know how to deal with a potluck-style Thanksgiving with some less-than-stellar cooks on the guest list? We've got you covered. And finally, if for some strange reason you've been asked to bring the turkey to said potluck, how do you end up with the crispy skin that most serious eaters adore? You'll just have to tune in to find out. We trust that our listeners and questioners will be thankful for the thoughtful (and hopefully amusing) answers we provide. We know we're thankful that millions of people trust Serious Eats to make their food lives better. Happy Turkey Day, everyone.
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