Food expert shares foolproof trick to ensure your turkey doesn't dry out in oven

Many people often tend to pick chicken over turkey when cooking, as turkey can often be quite dry.

However at Christmas, turkey is the star of the show in most homes, so what can you do to ensure that your bird is cooked to perfection and not a dry, tasteless mess?

Well, luckily for you a food expert has shared his foolproof trick for ensuring turkey stays juicy while in the oven.

Food and Wine Culinary Director Justin Chapple has revealed that smothering a turkey in mayonnaise is the secret to cooking the perfect roast.

Yes, really.

But don’t worry if mayo isn’t for you, because he claims that the condiment doesn’t impact the taste whatsoever.

So how do you try this out for yourself at home?

Well, it’s really quick an simple to do and you only need a turkey and a jar of mayonnaise.

You can just spoon the stuff straight over the meat as it is, but Justin says he likes to make chipotle mayo when he does this – though you can add whatever flavourings you’d like.

In order to make his version, he mixes one tablespoon of chopped, fresh thyme with one cup (128g) of mayonnaise, the zest of a whole lemon, three grated garlic cloves and minced chipotle chillies.

A jar of Hellman's Mayonnaise, with a spoonful of mayo in front
The secret ingredient is mayonnaise

Once all these items are combined he loosens the skin on the turkey breasts and thighs, so he is able to spread the mayonnaise on the top of it and under it.

“When you cover your turkey with mayonnaise, it bastes it during the roasting process, keeping the meat moist and tender,” he explains to the publication.

He adds: “You want to put the mayo on the outside and inside of the turkey so it gets extra juicy.”

This comes after Waitrose Executive Chef Martyn Lee, revealed his method for cooking Christmas turkey without using an oven.

Speaking to Femail, the chef said: “I cook my turkey on the barbecue every Christmas.

“It never fails to impress and I predict many will join me in doing the same this year.

“It’s really easy, quicker than if you were to cook it in the oven and gives a beautifully succulent taste with a crispy skin.

“And it’s not just the turkey, you can cook the full Christmas feast on the barbecue – trimmings, desserts and all.”

To read his top tips for cooking turkey on the barbecue, click here.

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