What Is a Good Method for Cooking a Fresh Turkey?


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Roasting is a simple way to cook a fresh turkey. To roast a turkey, prepare it for roasting, and place it in a roasting pan. Turn its wings back, and spray or brush it with oil. Insert a meat thermometer into the turkey, and place it in the oven. Roast it for the appropriate amount of time, based on the turkey’s weight.

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What Is a Good Method for Cooking a Fresh Turkey?
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Heat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit for roasting a turkey. Prepare the turkey by draining the turkey’s juices, and then use clean paper towels to pat the turkey dry. Position the turkey with its breast facing up on a rack inside a shallow roasting pan. A pan that is 2- to 2 1/2-inches deep works best.

Turn the turkey’s wings back to hold the skin of its neck in position as it roasts. Spray the skin with cooking oil, or use a brush to brush the oil on the skin. Insert a probe-style thermometer into the lower part of the turkey’s thigh, being careful to avoid the bone. Place the turkey in the oven.

Roast the turkey for the amount of time recommended based on the chart provided on Butterball.com. For example, roast an 18-pound unstuffed turkey for four to 4 1/2 hours or a stuffed turkey for five to 5 1/2 hours. When the turkey is two-thirds through the cooking process, tent the top of the drumsticks and the breast with foil to avoid overcooking. The turkey is ready to remove from the oven when the meat thermometer registers 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

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