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How to Cook a Faster, Juicy Turkey with a Salt Crust

Don’t have all day to waste cooking a turkey this Thanksgiving? Try this trick from Chef Matt Griffin at Fedora: cook the turkey in a salt crust for a quick, juicy bird.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A 10 to 12 pound turkey
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • zest from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • 4 cups of egg whites
  • 2 cups of peppercorns
  • 32 cups of kosher salt. Yeah, you read that right. 32 cups.

Wrap the wings in tin foil and coat the turkey in butter, both under and over the skin. Follow up with your choice of glaze (in this case,the lemon zest, thyme, and honey), which will keep the skin from becoming overly salty. Insert stuffing, if applicable, and tie the turkey’s legs together with twine so everything cooks evenly.

Then, whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until they become foamy. Put it in a large container with the salt and peppercorns and mix it all together. Add some water and mix well, until the salt mixture looks kind of like wet sand (about 4 cups). Spread a thick layer on a pan, put the turkey on top, and completely encase it in the salt crust.

Heat your oven to 400 degrees and put the turkey in. The salt crust will lock in the moisture and speed up the baking process—the turkey should be fully cooked in only an hour and a half. When it’s ready, take it out and use a kitchen hammer to crack off the salt crust, and remove any excess with a damp rag.

The turkey won’t have that perfect, glistening skin that an all-day turkey would, but once you carve it up, it’ll look just fine, and all in just an hour and a half. Not bad if you’re short on time.

How to Make a Watermelon Vodka Slushy with a Drill and a Wire Hanger

This has to be one of the best summer alcoholic drinks ever. And it’s so fun to make: You just need a watermelon, a vodka bottle, a wire hanger and a drill. Yes, you read that well—a wire hanger and a drill!

  1. Drill a hole in the watermelon.
  2. Snap off a piece of wire hanger.
  3. Attach it to a drill.
  4. Introduce the wire hanger inside the watermelon and power on the drill to blend the inside.
  5. Pour a bottle of vodka through the hole.
  6. Put it in the fridge to cool it (I recommend to give it a few minutes in the freezer).
  7. Cut a spout.
  8. Pour.

Have fun. Lots of it.