Prepare the turkey ahead so it's ready for the oven on Christmas Day. Make sure the stuffing is completely cooled before using it and don't leave the turkey out of the fridge for too long. After cooking, the turkey holds its heat for a good hour, which means it can be transported and still served warm, though it's also delicious at room temperature. The buttered muslin keeps the turkey juicy and helps it to brown evenly - baste it regularly to ensure it doesn't dry out and stick to the turkey; cover it with foil if it starts to brown too much.
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