7 Turkey Tips to Be Thankful For

7 Turkey Tips to Be Thankful For

Because Who DOESN'T Want a Perfect Turkey?
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Although Thanksgiving is personally my least favorite holiday of the year (hold off on throwing mashed potatoes at me for thinking so!), there’s something magical about the idea of a Thanksgiving turkey. Needless to say, sometimes our magical turkeys tend to be ruined by human error or (occasionally) divine intervention.


So to make sure you end up with a turkey on your table, here are some tips to perfect your turkey skills!

1) Forgot to Thaw Your Turkey?

Forgot to thaw your turkey? Try not to panic (which I know is really hard, but try to do so anyway)! The safest way to defrost a turkey ASAP is by defrosting it in cold water. Is hot water faster? Yes, but it’s absolutely not safe and shouldn’t be attempted. If you’re pinched for time, just defrost it in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes just to be on the safe side.

2) The Perfect Temperature for Your Oven

Contrary to the belief that a hotter temperature means a faster way to get your turkey on the table, you should be roasting your turkey around 325 degrees Fahrenheit. That way, your skin won’t brown so quickly and you won’t risk undercooking it either.

3)Take This OUT

Ever heard of giblets? Make sure you don’t forget to take them out. They usually come in a tiny bag tucked into the cavity; simply take them out and discard them (or make giblet gravy. . .whatever THAT is).

4) Want That Perfect Skin?

The best way to get the perfect skin? Brushing it with oil or, in true Paula Deen fashion, BUTTER.

5) Get Some Evenly Cooked Turkey on Your Plate

If you want an evenly cooked turkey which holds its shape, trying trussing. Trussing is when you tie the legs together with twine before sending your turkey into the oven.

6) The Perfect Internal Temperature...

According to the lovely USDA, turkey should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees (and you should be taking the temperature at the thickest part of the thigh)

7) Mmm, Moistness!

When your wonderful, scrumptious, absolutely (and hopefully) perfect turkey out of the oven, let it rest for 10-20 minutes before cutting into it. That way all the juices can make it moister than it already is, ergo: better turkey!

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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5 Holiday Gifts You Can Make On A College Budget Or Less

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I only have three quarters and a french fry at the bottom of my purse.

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Spooky season has ended and Thanksgiving is upon us. It's finally November, and we all know that Christmas season is finally here. If you haven't listened to "All I Want for Christmas" by Mariah Carey yet, what are you doing with your life? While some are stressed about having the perfect Thanksgiving menu, let's be honest, the real problem is what you're getting your mom for Christmas.

I'm a broke college student and can barely afford to do laundry on a weekly basis. If you're in the same boat as me trying to find a way to survive the holidays, check out these five heartfelt gifts that will still mean a lot to your family and friends.

The Gift of a Letter

There's nothing like getting into the holiday spirit when you receive your first Christmas card in the mail. One way to cheer up your fellow family members or friends is to write them a meaningful note. Handwritten letters are a great way to show your love to others without having to buy materialistic items. If you want to put your own spin to this gift idea, think about writing "Read Me When" letters to your mom, dad, best friend, or significant other. These letters are a great way to stay in touch with family members and serve as a great reminder for "thinking of you".

The Gift of Teaching

Don't have the money to spend on an expensive gift? Think about sharing a valuable skill this holiday season. A good way to build relationships with others is by spending time with those you love. If you are really good at playing piano, think about offering lessons to someone that is interested in music. Teach someone how to paint, skateboard, or crochet. Whatever you're good at, look at it as an opportunity to share what you love with who you love.

The Gift of a Favor

All of us need a break sometimes, and what better way to help someone out than during the Christmas season? If you enjoy babysitting or dog sitting, offer to take care of children or pets as a way to give back. Parents and neighbors will greatly appreciate a night without the responsibility of having to cater to someone else every minute of the hour. If babysitting isn't your thing, think about raking leaves or washing cars to help a fella out.

The Gift of Listening

Next time a friend needs someone to talk to, lend them an ear to share their story. We often take for granted the number of opportunities we have to learn from others. Take some time to listen to others and give them your whole attention. Stay away from distractions and get to know them. You'll never know what you'll learn about someone until you spark a conversation.

The Gift of Memories

Now, this one may add a little more time and thought than the other gifts, but memories serve a big factor for the Christmas season. If you have printed photos from throughout the year, use an old frame to create a memory album for family or friends. Photos are great reminders of past experiences and good memories. I will always favor personal gifts over materialistic items. The gift of a memory is unlike any other.

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