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Old 11-21-2012, 05:28 AM   #1
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help with turkey

Ok, I've never made a turkey. I have a disposable pan, bag, and turkey. What do I do? LOL Please tell me I don't have to stick my hand in it. And I don't have a meat thermometer.

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You'll need to take out the neck & the giblets that are inside. Put the disposable pan on a large cookie sheet so that its more stable. Bake it at 325 degrees for 15 minutes per pound and it should be done. It is completely thawed, right?
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You'll need to take out the neck & the giblets that are inside. Put the disposable pan on a large cookie sheet so that its more stable. Bake it at 325 degrees for 15 minutes per pound and it should be done. It is completely thawed, right?
I think so
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Poultry with bones grosses me out.
You can wear gloves while dealing with it

It does have to be thawed.

I pull out the little bag that has giblets in it and the neck. We don't eat those.

I rinse the bird inside and out really well.

I raise the skin over the breast up a little and put little pats of butter and slices of onion under the skin. I stuff and onion in the cavity of the turkey along with more butter. I rub a little oil over the breast area and then sprinkle the bird with Rosemary OR vegesal/salt and then bake.

Yummy!

I have baked one breast side down before.I was told that made the meat better. I think it did but I ended up going back to breast side up.
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WHY am I making a turkey! I am not cut out for this! Gah!


I should have gotten a ham instead.
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Yup, you have to stick a hand in it. Say a quick prayer right before that you bought one where the giblets & neck are in a bag & not loose. Toss it in the pan on a cookie sheet like pp said & rub the skin with butter. Add some water in the bottom of the pan for basting. I baste every half hour or so. When it gets brown tent it with foil.

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Yup, you have to stick a hand in it. Say a quick prayer right before that you bought one where the giblets & neck are in a bag & not loose. Toss it in the pan on a cookie sheet like pp said & rub the skin with butter. Add some water in the bottom of the pan for basting. I baste every half hour or so. When it gets brown tent it with foil.

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I have a bag for it to go in. Do I still have to baste it then?

And if the parts aren't in a bag inside can't I just leave them there?
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I have a bag for it to go in. Do I still have to baste it then?

And if the parts aren't in a bag inside can't I just leave them there?
You don't have to baste. Just be sure you add a little flour to your bag and shake it before adding the bird. I do get a really nice crunchy skin on mine using the bag and it results in a more flavorful bird IMHO (we eat a lot of turkey as a chicken is too small for our family. I have 8 in the freezer right now,lol)

I do pull out the giblets and neck because the thought of cooking them with the bird grosses me out for some reason. I use teh broth to make gravy and I don't want the neck and giblet juices in it (though giblet gravy is said to be wonderful!)
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Oh, one mama on here uses a slat water brine on her turkey.
I've always wanted to try that.
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Oh, one mama on here uses a slat water brine on her turkey.
I've always wanted to try that.
We always brine with Alton Brown's recipe, and everyone loves our turkey, but it is a lot of work, and like a PP said, if you have a turkey that is already brined it would taste way too salty. OP, if I were you I would go to Walmart and buy a cheap meat thermometer. We never go by the button b/c they are unreliable, and you can end up with either an undercooked or overcooked turkey. DH is always the one to cook it, and it always turns out perfectly, so I can ask him how exactly how he cooks it if you want me to.
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