Truss Your Turkey Without Twine with Sohla El-Waylly’s Easy Trick

published Nov 22, 2022
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Thanksgiving table setting
Credit: Brittany Conerly

There are a lot of things to get done on Thanksgiving. But with all of the crucial tasks to take care of — making sure the turkey is fully cooked, ensuring the rolls don’t burn, keeping the gravy warm and lump-free — there are some smaller things that we might forget about, like tying the turkey legs!

Trussing a turkey (and other poultry, like chicken) helps ensure that the poultry cooks evenly and it prevents the bird from falling apart in the oven .

While kitchen twine is the go-to for trussing turkey, chef and influencer Sohla El-Waylly has a trick up her sleeve for making sure the turkey legs stay nice and secure — without the twine!

In an Instagram reel, Sohla explains how she prepares a dry-brined roast turkey for Thanksgiving. In the video, Sohla demonstrates how she “ties” the turkey legs by bringing them together and pushing them through a hole in the loose skin around the tail of the turkey.

Not only does this help with easily trussing the legs, but it will also enhance the presentation of the turkey.

Check out the video for more clever turkey tips from Sohla, including roasting the prepped turkey on a wire rack set in a baking sheet over a plentiful “bed” of seasonal herbs, and pouring a bit of water in the pan to ensure the drippings don’t burn.