Turkey tips for first time cookers

By Matt Pouncy
October 5, 2018 - 5:14pm Updated: October 5, 2018 - 7:19pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — The long weekend is finally upon us, and most Medicine Hat residents are preparing for turkey dinner on Sunday or Monday night.

Everyone enjoys eating the dinner, but what if for the first time you're responsible for cooking it.

Rayal Hochman, Sous Chef at the Paradise Valley Clubhouse says the first thing you should do is figure out what size of turkey you'll need.

After that, you'll need the thanksgiving staples of stuffing, gravy, and mashed or scalloped potatoes.

Hochman says a highly underrated side that he enjoys including is butternut or spaghetti squash.

In the end, he says the turkey is the most important piece of the meal which needs to be cooked a constant temperature. 

“A common misconception would be to baste it constantly, but what you do there is you’re opening the oven door all the time. So your temperature fluctuates really huge when you do that,” said Hochman. “The best thing to do like I said is to put butter under the skin and keep a nice steady temperature going.”

If you still aren't sure about cooking a dinner yourself, Paradise Valley Clubhouse is hosting turkey dinner's on Sunday and Monday night from noon to 8 p.m..

“I think a lot of the time people just get tired of doing it at home or they got nowhere to go,” says Hochman. “We give them an opportunity to come down here and we’ll do the cooking for you.”

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