10 Thanksgiving Turkey Horror Stories
Ever burned your bird beyond recognition? Or forgot to remove the plastic-wrapped giblets before roasting? You're not alone. Our brave home cooks share their funniest — and most tragic — turkey tales.
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Fail #4: Deep Frying Without Directions
"On my first Thanksgiving with my husband, we decided to deep-fry the turkey. Somehow we lost the fryer directions and decided to wing it. We accidentally doubled the amount of cooking time so the turkey came out crispy-black and about half the size it started out as. We ate plenty of sides that year!" -Chandra Crowley
Our Tip: Follow a recipe, especially if it's your first time! Here, our favorite deep-fried turkey with step-by-step directions »