8 Tips to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

Make no mistake – if you`ll use these 10 tips for cooking Thanksgiving Turkey, you will most certainly look like a professional to your guests. Regardless if you it`s your first time when you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or not, these tips are exactly what you need to get things done and receive a 10+ from anyone who`s coming to your Thanksgiving dinner.

1. Choosing the Right Turkey

Organic or frozen? Heritage or fresh? It`s not easy to make this choice. If you`ll want to try a breed of turkey the old-fashioned way, a heritage turkey can be the best choice because it`s leaner and a lot more flavorful. You may need to pay more money, but it`s worth it in the end. If organic is important for you, you may want to choose a turkey that was fed after organic standards.

2. Choosing the Right Size

If you want to purchase the right size of turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner, simply count your guests. Also, don`t forget to add several pounds for bones to have just the right weight. For instance, eight guests will need a 12-pound turkey.

3. Using a Rack of Vegetables to Cook your Turkey

A mother and a wife who isn`t cooking for the first time in her life actually knows this. Always choose to use a rack of vegetables when cooking your turkey. Use onions, celery and carrots to give a natural look to your turkey. Besides that, all these vegetables will add a wonderful flavor.


4. Brining Will Keep your Turkey Moist

Brining is an easy method to have a moist turkey. A normal brining way will include sugar, water, salt as well as a selection of aromatics and spices. Don`t forget to use a recipe that you trust so you don`t get wrong the proportion of each.

5. Rub your Turkey using Oil or Butter

Just before adding your turkey to the oven, don`t forget to rub it your turkey with butter or oil. But you need to make sure it`s dry first.

6. You Can Skip the Basting

This is actually you keeping the oven door more open than closed. This will result in fluctuations of the temperature which may dry out the turkey. Instead, you can keep your bird moist by rubbing and brining it with oil or butter.

7. A good Thermometer for Meat It`s a Must

How will you know that when your turkey gets at 165 degrees F, it`s ready, if you don`t have a good thermometer? You need to check it from time to time by inserting the thermometer in the turkey`s thickest side.

8. Leave It to Rest

Tent the bird with foil and leave it to rest to have all the flavors locked in it. You don`t need to leave it more than 10 to 15 minutes. Be careful not to cover your turkey too tight because it may steam under your foil and that might ruin everything.

How to Earn with Swagbucks

One of the most common questions I get on my blog is “Is Swagbucks a real thing?” I have to admit I was rather doubtful at first because a lot of online reviews highlighted that Swagbucks is a scam. But that was probably because I had the misfortune to read only negative reviews somehow.

About Swagbucks

Swagbucks is nothing more than a rewards program from which you can earn online. You can do that by using the Swagbucks Toolar to search for “whatever” on the web. As soon as you accumulate 450 Swagbucks, you are able to redeem it for an Amazon gift card with $5 credit, but also for other types of gift cards from CVS, Target or Starbucks.

1. Refer Your Online Friends

Swagbucks really has a wonderful referral program. You`re able to earn matching Swagbucks for each and every referral to bring to the program.

While I have a bit of advantage because I have this online blog, you can also earn referrals by other means like Twitter or Facebook pages.

You can first begin by sending out various invited to each person who comes up in your mind. You may annoy some of them, but since we are talking about free stuff, most of them will be glad to receive your invites.

  • As soon as you signed up for Swagbucks, click on the “Invite Friends” tab from the left sidebar.
  • Make a decision about your method of connecting with your friends – Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  • Send your invite.


It is recommended to update the status of your Facebook web page using the Swagbucks referral code when you get a gift card or simply win Swagbucks. When people will notice you win free stuff, most of them will also be interested on this action.

2. Installing the Swagbucks Toolbar

The Swagbucks toolbar will make things easier for you to earn Swagbucks. For those of you who are afraid of installing new programs into their computer, you should know from the start that this toolbar doesn`t slow down the internet connection in any way.

Additionally to accumulating Swagbucks, when you are using this toolbar to search for things online, you`ll get one single Swagbucks every day when your browser will be open.

For instance, as I was writing this article, I looked online for Swagbucks Tips and I accumulated 5 new Swagbucks as I performed this action.

Downlading the Swagbucks Toolbar

  • Log in to the Swagbucks online account.
  • Click on the Toolbars icon located on the left part of the web page.
  • Make a click on the purple box which is labeled “Download.”
  • Select whether or not you are interested in using Swagbucks as the default browser. I`ll be honest – I don`t use it as a default browser, but I know a lot of people that use it.
  • Start using the toolbar to earn Swagbucks.