Posted on December 24, 2018 Topic(s): Cooking
It’s a comforting scene. The morning is spent opening gifts and sipping on coffee while festive Christmas music hums in the background. Once that’s done, it’s time to head into the kitchen and get to work whipping up your favourite meal of the year: Christmas dinner.
Using your kitchen appliances paired with some quick tips, you can make this year’s meal easier to prepare than ever before. Now you can spend more time around the tree and less time around the stove.
Regardless of whether you’re cooking a turkey or a ham this year, you’ll need to plan ahead, at least by a few hours.
To properly thaw your main dish, you may want to pull the turkey out of the freezer a few days before. If your fridge has a temperature-option drawer in it, place it in there and turn the setting to thaw. The rule of thumb is that it takes 24 hours for every 5 lbs of meat to defrost.
If, however, you got caught up in the Christmas activities and forgot to pull the turkey out of the freezer, don’t worry. You can always use the cold-water method. This method takes about 30 minutes per pound to thaw.
Tips for cold-water thawing:
When cooking a large piece of meat, it’s important to make sure the internal temperatures reach a safe number to avoid getting your guests sick. Here’s a guideline for common protein temperatures:
The breast should be 165 Fahrenheit while the thighs should reach a temperature of 175 Fahrenheit.
Beef & Lamb
Rare – 125 Fahrenheit
Medium rare – 130-135
Medium – 135-140
Medium well – 140-150
Well done – 155+
Ground beef & lamb – 160
Medium rare – 145
Medium – 150
Well done & ground – 160
When checking the temperature of your meat, be sure to insert the thermometer directly into the centre of the meat, away from a bone.
Now that you’ve decided what to cook, know how to properly defrost your meat and which temperature to cook it to, it’s time to decide how to cook it. For a great guide on cooking methods and which kitchen appliances to use and when, check out our previous post: Tis the Season: Cooking Appliances that Work Best for Family Occasions.
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