Tying a turkey, or trussing, ensures that the wings and legs cook evenly. It also helps make the presentation of the turkey look a lot neater. Although it's not necessary, many people prefer to tie their turkey up for special occasions--like thanksgiving. Tying the turkey does not take long, and all you needs is some kitchen twine. Purchase your twine from any grocery or kitchen store.
Prepare the turkey as you normally would. If you stuff or brine your turkey, do so before tying it up.
Hold the drumsticks of the turkey down so that they are laying flat against body. Loop the twine around the body and over the drumsticks. Tie the twine into a knot.
Pull the twine up around the turkey and over the turkey's wings. Tie the twine into knot to keep the wings secure.
Pull the twine up to the top of the turkey, and tie the twine into a knot over the flap of skin. Cut off any excess twine. Cook the turkey as normal.