Thanksgiving Cooking How-Tos

Hosting Thansgiving dinner for the first time or looking to mix things up? Dot your i's and cross your t's with our Thanksgiving Cooking How-Tos! Find tips on how to best prep and carve a turkey, how to plan a menu, tablesetting and seating ideas, Thanksgiving crafts, and more.

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Make Your Best Apple Pie Ever with Our Food Editor's Intel
Sarah Carey, our editorial director of food, wants you to perfect this classic and she's done the research.
Two Foolproof Methods for Reheating Gravy Perfectly Every Time
Whether you're making your gravy in advance of Thanksgiving dinner or have leftovers at the end of the feast, these tips will come in handy.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Properly Brining a Turkey
Giving your Thanksgiving bird a bath in salt water isn't complicated, but there a few things to know before you start the brining process. Here, we outline exactly how to brine a turkey for delicious results. Follow our instructions to prepare a perfectly brined turkey and download our complete turkey guide for more Thanksgiving tips.
How to Safely Thaw a Frozen Turkey
Follow these three tried-and-true methods for defrosting a turkey to keep you and your loved ones safe this Thanksgiving.
Learn How to Roast the Perfect Turkey with These Tips
If you want to roast the perfect turkey this Thanksgiving, follow our step-by-step guide.
Why You Should Cook Your Thanksgiving Turkey Upside Down
This is one instance where flipping the bird is right, not rude. Here, we make a case for cooking your turkey breast-side down and show you how.

More Thanksgiving Cooking How-Tos

The Four Most Common Mistakes Made When Cooking Thanksgiving Turkey—Plus, How to Avoid Them
Want to make a perfect bird this Thanksgiving? Knowing the biggest pitfalls and the best fixes will help you do just that.
Follow Our Step-by-Step Guide to Make Perfect Stuffing Every Single Time
It's the most important Thanksgiving side. Follow our formula to learn how to make stuffing. You'll find that it's easy and the possibilities are endless. 
Roasted Citrus Is the Instant Upgrade Your Thanksgiving Dinner Needs

These bursts of sun are an easy way to brighten any—or every—course.