A turkey baster is a handy kitchen tool for cooking and roasting, but it takes a bit of practice to avoid the dreaded spurt that messes up your oven or cook top. Follow these steps to learn how to use your turkey baster without spills.
Rinse your turkey baster before use. This is a perfect time to review and practice with water, especially if you only use it occasionally.
Squeeze the bulb on top before inserting into the liquid.
Place the turkey baster into the liquid at an angle. Release pressure on the bulb and the tube will fill. The angle will allow air to escape as liquid is drawn up into the tube.
When the bulb has returned to its original rounded shape, you are ready to remove from the liquid. Carefully but swiftly tilt it so the bulb is lower than the tip. A baster is often used with hot liquids, ovens, or pans; work carefully with this step. The bulb may become very warm; have rubber gloves or a potholder handy.
Keeping the turkey baster tilted back, move it to where you wish to place the liquid. If you are basting meat, such as a turkey, place the tip near the bird facing into the pan. If you are removing liquid to a container, place the tip on the edge of the pan.
Quickly tilt the turkey baster vertically right side up. A small amount of liquid will drip and it will begin to trickle. Gently squeeze the bulb to release the liquid in a controlled manner.
Tilt the tip up again to prevent drips as you continue drawing liquid or carrying your baster to the sink.
Wash your turkey baster with hot soapy water and store with your other kitchen tools. The top pops off for easy cleaning.
Replace the turkey baster if the bulb becomes cracked or inflexible.
Turkey basters are useful for many household tasks. Keep your cooking baster with your kitchen tools and purchase a second one for cleaning or gardening tasks.