How to Season a Goose for Roasting

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Seasoning a roasting goose begins by scoring the skin to allow fat to drip out of the meat, and adding a generous amount of salt and pepper to the outside of the bird. Rub the dry seasonings into the skin with tips from an experienced life-long cook in this free video on cooking poultry.

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Hi, I'm Jennifer Cail. On behalf of Expert Village I'm going to show you how to roast a Christmas goose. Now that we defratted our goose as much as we can it's time for some seasoning. Before we season it we are going to first score the skin using our sharp pairing knife. You just want to make little insertions this will allow some of the fat that melts during cooking to be able to run off. You want to try and get as much fat out of the goose as possible and you can see while I'm cutting this I'm not even getting down to the meat, there is so much fat in the layer underneath the skin. So you just make random slashes there is no particular order to them or placement that you need to make. You just want to make sure that you make several of them particularly in the fattier places like over by this leg here, where it's joining up to the thigh and some of the spots in the breast underneath the wings. The wings themselves are fairly fat free so you don't have to worry about it but you'll be able to see quite easily where there is lots of fat deposits. After you done that then you just want to use salt and pepper that is the easiest way to season it I'm just going to sprinkle some sea salt over here. You can certainly use different seasonings if you want to perhaps some rosemary or thyme depending on what you want to use. Use some nice freshly ground pepper which will add a great taste to it and after you put your salt and pepper or whatever seasonings you want to use on the goose. You want to kind of rub them in a little bit you want to make sure that it's going everywhere particularly inside the cavity. You want to make sure to get lots of seasonings in there which will help keep the meat nicely flavored make sure you get those wings too. Then we are ready for our next step.

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