Jay Shaffer ,
Executive Chef/Host at Shaffer City Oyster Bar and Grill in New York
5 West 21st Street New York, NY

  1. Did you know that cooking the stuffing with the drippings from your roasted turkey in a separate ovenproof casserole can help save you from the morning after "yukies" you sometimes get from eating stuffing that's been cooked inside the cavity of your holiday turkey.

2. I also love to cook all my Thanksgiving birds in an ovenproof cooking bag. This way I can put all the flavors in to the bag and the bird is basted while it cooks automatically giving you a moist and tender bird, perfectly seasoned, incredibly fragrant and delicious every time.

3. By using the bag to cook in all the liquid remains with all the flavors infused ready to skim and use to make delectable gravy. All you need to do is to remove the liquid, skim the off the fat and thicken with flour and a little cayenne pepper. This is better than using the drippings from your traditional roasting pan because the fats do not stick to the pan and taste burnt. As well as you get to keep all the cooking liquids since they do not evaporate during roasting.

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