Some tips for baking a turkey include preheating the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, draining the bird of excess juices and patting the skin dry. Cooks should also use a 2- to 2.5-inch aluminum foil pan to cook the turkey.
To give the turkey an attractive appearance, cooks can spread vegetable oil over the skin before baking it. To make sure the turkey is done, a meat thermometer should read 180 degrees Fahrenheit when stuck in the thigh and 165 degrees Fahrenheit when stuck in the breast. Before carving the turkey, cooks should let it rest on a platter for about 15 minutes.