Order your turkey far enough in advance to make sure you get a fresh, rather than frozen, bird. Buy it from someone whom you trust, as lying about whether a bird has ever been frozen is common. It makes sense to buy a bird that's larger than you need so you'll have plenty left over for sandwiches, creamed turkey, soup, and the like. Take the bird out of the refrigerator 3 to 4 hours before it is scheduled to go in the oven. A room-temperature turkey will roast more quickly and evenly.
If the broth and giblets were prepared in advance, bring them to room temperature before making the gravy. If you’re using a brined turkey, please taste the gravy before adding any additional salt.
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Giblet Gravy Recipe. This classic gravy can be made with the giblets, turkey neck, and turkey tailpiece found within your turkey. For a more flavorful gravy follow the additional steps found in the Notes section of this recipe.