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Here's a Thanksgiving turkey tip from a Taste of Home reader:
"I always spread a generous amount of mayonnaise on my turkey before putting it in the oven. The mayonnaise is absorbed during cooking, making a moist, evenly browned and delicious turkey."
—Pamela Campbell, North Easton, Massachusetts
I have always just brushed the entire turkey with vegetable oil, with the same results. My grandmother used to soak a cheesecloth in hot oil, then layer the entire bird with the cheesecloth which also kept the bird moist and evenly browned. Times and traditions do change, I guess.
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My Mom always laid strips of bacon over the turkey.She also basted the bird with a cup or two of ginger ale. I have no idea where she came up with this combination, but the turkey was always moist and delicious, and the gravy-slightly smoky and a little bit sweet- was amazing! I've carried on the tradition, and am now famous among my son's friends for my "awesome gravy, Mrs. H!"
My mom always basted a ham w/ginger ale. Never thought of using it on turkey.
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