Can you tell me how to cook a turkey?

I know this must sound stupid, but i dont know how to cook a turkey. Well this thanksgiving we plan on haveing it at our house, because we dont want to ran around to both sides of the family. Please don't leave rude comments.


Asked by tylersbaby85 at 1:11 PM on Oct. 14, 2008 in Holidays

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  • Get a good one with a pop up timer, and make sure you have a poultry thermometer too! Take the stuff out that is in plastic bags. And remember time varies if it's stuffed. DEFROST I think its 2-3 days in the fridge. is AWESOME! MmmMMmm.. I just made my Thanksgiving grocery list up last night! YUMMMMMMMMM

    Answer by LizMomTo4Girls at 1:14 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • As nicly as I can,,,,Cook book.

    Answer by louise2 at 1:14 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • i always cook mine upside keeps the breast can look up online the times for the size but i just throw mine in at about 9 am and we eat when its done LOL.......

    Answer by drivnkids at 2:03 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • Believe it or not, Butterball turkeys consistently get rated highly in taste tests, so that would be a good choice for a first timer, since they are self basting. You can also try the turkey in a bag they have at the store...good consistent results every time.
    Practice with a chicken or two before Thanksgiving, if you want to improve your confidence.
    How long you roast it will depend on the size. How many people will you be feeding? Plan on 1 1/2 lbs per person (it isn't really that much because some of the weight is bone and such).
    If you get a turkey that is not self basting, then I would recommend salting. You slip your hand between the skin and the flesh to loosen it, then rub salt on the flesh and inside the turkey and leave it overnight. The next day, cont..

    Answer by jespeach at 2:18 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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  • ...rinse the bird inside and out and under the skin. Then refrigerate, uncovered, for 8 or more hours to thoroughly dry the skin (which results in even browning and crispness). The next day, Thanksgiving, you roast the bird. Remember, if you put dressing in the bird, don't put too much in, because it will expand...put the rest in a buttered casserole dish with a little extra broth and put in the oven the last hour of roasting. Use a rack for the bird itself, to ensure even roasting and to make for better drippings (for gravy!)
    If you have any more questions, feel free to message me.

    Answer by jespeach at 2:27 PM on Oct. 14, 2008

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