We all know how important it is to prepare a perfectly succulent, tasty turkey as the highlight of a family holiday dinner, like Christmas or Thanksgiving. Make use of your turkey baster that has long been overlooked at the back of your drawer, and it will suddenly be the star of the display! But did you know that this easy little tool comes in handy, not just once a year, but can actually lend a helping hand to several culinary creations, whatever the season?
It’s not that special holidays are the only days you want your roast meat to melt in your mouth, right? A turkey baster, believe it or not, can be used to keep all of the roasting joints moist during the cooking process to guarantee that you can enjoy well-prepared, tender meat and nail those Sunday roasts every time.
How to Use a Turkey Baster
You want to make sure you’re doing it right to make the best of your turkey baster. Luckily, unlike most kitchen devices, it’s pretty easy to come to grips with a turkey baster. However, it might take a little practice to get accurate. So, to make sure you don’t end up making a mess of your kitchen, here are some of our most useful tips.
Rinse the baster before use-you can try sucking and removing the water a few times to get the hang of it. Squeeze the bulb first before inserting it into the liquid. Often position the baster in the liquid at an angle to allow the air to exit while the fluid flows in. Wait until the bulb is fully rounded again until it withdraws from the oil.
When extracting, angle the baster so that the bulb is lower than the tip-be careful that it could get hot so it is advisable to use latex gloves or a tea towel. Follow the tip of the baster over the portion of the meat you intend to baste. Tilt the baster vertically and softly squeeze the bulb so that the juices can be released steadily. In the final step, notice when all the liquid has been released tip the baster back, so the bulb is lower than the tip to prevent drips, and repeat the process.
Benefits of Using a Turkey Baster
Perhaps, during frying, you have extra liquid or grease that you need to get rid of, for example, when cooking ground mince. The turkey baster is the perfect instrument for sucking and scraping the oil. It’s quicker and smoother than using a ladle. It also eliminates the risk of drips and spills, and it makes food leaner and healthier too!
- Most people use one Turkey baster for all purposes. Keep multiple Turkey Basters for different uses.
- Do not place your Turkey Baster upside down. It will keep the bulb clean.
- If you want to use the same Turkey Baster for various purposes, it is better to wash the bulb each time to avoid contamination.