Saturday, November 27, 2010

2 Turkey Preparation and Cooking

Last week I prepared a turkey for an alternative Thanksgiving that I had with friends. Below I have details and tips to make your turkey look like above.

  1. Preheat an oven to 375F.
  2. Thoroughly rinse the outside and inside of the turkey to clean it. Pat the turkey dry, and place into a large roaster or roasting pan. Brush the outside of the turkey with softened or melted butter. 
  3. If cooking in a roaster, cover the turkey with the top. If cooking in a roasting pan without a top, cover the entire outside of the turkey with aluminum foil. 
  4. Cook in the 375F oven for about 30 minutes, and then turn the oven down to 325F. The total amount of time that the turkey must cook will be approximately 15-20 minutes per pound. After about 2 hours of cooking, start basting the turkey with the juice at bottom of the pan, and baste about every 30 minutes to an hour. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, uncover the turkey so that it browns the outside. Using a thermometer, check the turkey for when its done at 165F.
  5. Most importantly, leave the turkey alone for about 20-30 minutes before slicing so that the juices do not run out and leave the turkey dry.


  1. Thanks for the tips! I made turkey breast in a slow cooker last year and it was...okay for my very first turkey. I'll definitely try this for Christmas this year.

  2. I haven't tried slow cooking turkey before. How did it turn out? The roasting worked really well and was relatively easy. As long as the turkey is at least 165F the turkey's done and safe to eat.