So, I picked up an 18lb turkey... Now what? (PIOG)
Okay. Went to Walmart today and they had frozen turkeys on sale for 88 cents a pound. So, of course, I picked up an 18 pound Butterball turkey for less than $14. Great deal, I figure - that's cheaper than they were at Christmas! I currently have it in the fridge to thaw, and I know that'll take a couple of days.
I know that I can make a LOT of meals with this turkey... but I don't know where to start, really.
To start with, how does one cook an 18lb turkey. I don't have a big roasting pan so should I buy one at the store? Will the cheapo foil pans they sell at the dollar store work?
When I get all that, what's the best way to cook the turkey that will allow me to use the meat for many purposes? I obviously don't want to dump BBQ sauce on the entire thing or something. I have NO experience in cooking a turkey so I'll need a complete step-by-step!
Once I get the turkey cooked, does anyone have any good recipes for cooked turkey? I would love to find things that I can prepare and freeze. I know I can do that with casseroles, turkey pot pie, and turkey noodle soup (I think I would probably wanna skip the noodles until it's time to eat it, but I'm not sure). I don't actually know how to make any of those things, though, haha!
So. Any ideas, O Awesome Ladies of Cafemom?
If it helps, neither SO nor I are really picky about food, and if there's something we don't like we can either substitute or skip the recipes altogether. I only have DS part time, so his pickiness isn't really an issue when it comes to this.
Show me what ya got! And thanks in advance!