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Thanksgiving Tip of the Day: Cooking your Turkey!
cap, captain miss america

I don’t have photos, because by the time I start cooking my turkey, you might have had to do yours, so I just want to get up some tips for those of you who need help!

–Your turkey will need fifteen to twenty minutes of roasting per pound, so keep this in mind when you start cooking. For example, a 12 pound turkey will take about 3 hours, while a 20 pound turkey can take up to 4 1/2. You’re also going to want to leave time for it to sit outside the over.

Here are some tips.


–Pre-heat your oven to about 325-375. Different recipes call for different temperatures but somewhere in there is a good place to start!

–Now pat your turkey down with some clean cloths or paper towels and set it on a rack inside your roasting pan. If you don’t have a rack, you can make one! Remember Lincoln Logs? Take a bunch of celery and cut all the stalks apart, and wash them well. You can stack them on top of each other just like Lincoln Logs and set your turkey on top of that! Sweet, huh?

Good? Good.

–At this point, you might want to cover your turkey with…


Draping your turkey with bacon will make the skin less crispy, but it will also make it super tasty. Just take a package of uncooked bacon and drape it over the turkey’s breast. Cool, huh? It just depends how much you like skin vs delicious bacon flavor.

–Put your turkey in the oven. Cook it for about an hour and don’t do anything to it– don’t TOUCH it for the first hour, no matter how tempting it is, unless it smells like burning plastic or something!

–After an hour, baste that puppy! You can baste with a lot of things: pan juices, chicken broth, butter, oil, bacon fat, juice…or a mixture of any of those things.

–Turn the turkey around! Most ovens don’t heat EXACTLY evenly, so turning your turkey back-to-front in the oven will ensure that the two sides will cook mostly evenly.

–Repeat this: wait about an hour again, baste, and turn.

–We’re at two hours now. From here on in, you’ll want to check the turkey every half-hour and see how it is doing. Most turkeys won’t be done for at least three hours, so you don’t need to check the temperature till the three hour mark, but every half hour, check the temperature with an instant-read meat thermometer. When it reads about 165-170 degrees, take it out of the oven!

–Until it reaches 165, don’t take it out! Just baste and turn like you did before.

–Don’t trust the plastic pop-up thermometer!

–If your turkey seems to start to get too brown but isn’t 165 degrees yet, TENT IT. Tenting your turkey is fun. Take a great big piece of tin foil and fold it into a little tent-shape. Pull the rack out slightly and pop the tent on the turkey like a hat! This will help keep the turkey from browning too fast.

–Once the turkey has hit 165-170, take it out and put it on a towel or trivet or something, and…TENT IT ANYWAY. This will help it retain heat and cook just a little bit longer!

Yum, huh?

I think stuffing is pretty self-explanatory. Put the stuffing inside the turkey cavity before cooking! If you want to! Not everyone likes their turkey stuffed. You can also put your stuffing inside a piece of cheesecloth to keep the bits of meat from getting into it but still get the meat juice.

OK! I think we are all good. We’re good, right? Good! Let me know if you have any other problems or questions. Have a happy Thanksgiving and there will be more tips tomorrow!

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

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Ahhh do you have the problem where the tube part falls down into the pan or the one where they backsquirt boiling turkey fat on you or a completely different one? I have actually never used a roasting bag! Does the skin still come out crispy with them?

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Oh god that is horrible!

I just realized that my blog keeps getting hits from people asking about cooking their turkeys in garbage bags. I thought they were asking about brining but now I suspect they are asking about replacing a roasting bag with a garbage bag and...oh god no.

I am going to sleep now! Have a happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!


Turkey came out awesome. I buttered it (butter with maple syrup and pepper) and stuffed it with my cornbread-sausage stuffing and roasted it, and it is so so so good. :)

You are welcome! I am super happy to hear it!

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