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How To Reheat Turkey To Keep It Tender and Juicy

If you’ve ever cooked a turkey, you know how hard it is to get it to be perfectly juicy, soft, not tough, and not dry.

The process of roasting turkey takes hours, and it seems like you can ruin everything in minutes if you don’t hit the right ratio of roasting with foil, adding the sauce, and finally roasting it uncovered to get a fine crispy skin.

Similar troubles await you with heating the leftovers. Sure, you almost certainly have leftovers, especially if the turkey is a little bigger.

It is necessary to master the art of reheating without drying the meat and getting a tough gum that you can’t even chew. With our few tricks, you will become a real turkey warming up guru.


Reheating Turkey In An Oven

We like to hold the firm view that an oven is simply the best way to reheat a turkey. That’s how you baked it, so why not warm it with the same method. Besides, this way, you will slowly heat the turkey and keep all the juiciness you want.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven to 300 °F

The temperature for reheating the turkey should not be too high. It needs to be heated slowly. Yes, it will take a little longer, but the result will be a tender and juicy turkey. Therefore, turn on the oven to 300 degrees and let it heat up thoroughly.

Step 2: Slice the Turkey to Smaller Pieces if You Prefer

First of all, the advice is to cut the turkey into smaller pieces if you want to heat it up faster and more evenly. Make sure the pieces are about the same size. If you don’t want to, you can leave it whole but adjust the baking length later and check with a thermometer that the inside is evenly heated.

Step 3: Prepare the Turkey by Adding Moisture and Fat

This is a crucial step to keeping the meat soft. You need to add moisture and fat to maintain juiciness.

You can wrap the whole turkey in aluminum foil or put it in a baking dish covered with foil or a lid. Add to the turkey the gravy you have from the roast and a turkey fat or some butter. It is essential that the meat does not dry out while heating. 

Step 4: Bake for Half an Hour

Put the meat in a preheated oven and let it bake for half an hour. If you have a larger piece of meat, leave it for 40 minutes. Take the meat out of the oven after it’s done and make sure everything is well heated. Be careful not to get burned by steam while removing the foil.


Reheating Turkey On A Stove

This is a much faster way than preheating in the oven, and yet, safer than a microwave to get a juicy turkey. If you reheat on the stove, you can get a slightly crispier exterior, and the meat will certainly be well heated. We suggest you listen to our advice and do two procedures below to get the best result.

Step 1: Reheating in a Broth for Moisture

First, put the chicken broth in the pan and put on medium heat to warm up. Add pieces of turkey to it (you should definitely cut it into smaller pieces) and cover with a lid or foil. So, heat for a few minutes until the meat is well heated.

Step 2: Reheating on Oil to Get Crispy Skin

The next step is to take the turkey out of the broth and wipe the pan with a paper towel. Add one to two tablespoons of oil and put the pan back on the fire to heat.

Now, put the turkey pieces and bake for 2 to 3 minutes on both sides to get a crispy crust. When it is done, you can soak up the excess oil with a paper towel.


Reheating Turkey In A Microwave

A microwave is always a good solution if you are in a hurry, and if you only have one or two smaller pieces of turkey. It doesn’t pay to light the oven for it.

In any case, add moisture to keep the turkey from drying out. And, even if you have smaller pieces of turkey, you can still cut it into even smaller bites. This will prevent the meat from drying out on the outside before it is heated. 

Step 1: Place the Turkey in a Dish and Add Broth

Place the turkey pieces in a microwave-safe dish. Add the broth and mix it a little to distribute it evenly over every turkey piece. Then, cover the bowl with a secure lid or plastic foil for the microwave.

Step 2: Nuke for 2 Minutes

Place the turkey in a microwave and turn it on for 2 minutes. Check if the meat is heated enough. If not, place it in the microwave for an additional minute.


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Conclusion

Turkey often gives us a headache when roasting, and then we always have leftovers with which we do not know what to do because they are dry and tough. But, if you use a few tricks to restore moisture to the meat, you will get a great meal the following day. 

Always add fat and liquid when reheating and cover the meat to keep it juicy. Our recommendation is preheating in the oven, but if you are in a hurry, you can use a stove or a microwave.

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