There are many tips for preparing a turkey, such as rubbing the outside of the turkey with butter or oil and sprinkling it with herbs. Other tips that are popular include stuffing the turkey immediately before roasting and covering the breast with foil to prevent it from drying out.
A tip for preparing a turkey is planning for the cooking time to take 20 minutes per pound at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Another important hint is to allow the turkey to rest under a tent of foil for between 30 and 60 minutes after roasting.
A turkey can be roasted stuffed or unstuffed. When roasting stuffed, the stuffing is best prepared using cooked ingredients and then placed into the cavity of the turkey just before it's place into the oven. For an unstuffed turkey, using herbs, onions and fruits to impart flavor is a popular hint.
It's considered safest to defrost a turkey in the refrigerator. It takes up to five days to thaw a 20-pound turkey in the refrigerator. Another method of thawing a frozen turkey is to submerge it in a sink filled with cold water. The water should be changed every 30 minutes, and you should plan on the process taking 30 minutes per pound.