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Old 11-16-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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Gearing up for Thanksgiving here and I think this year we are going to try something different with our turkey. We usually soak it in a brine overnight and it has always turned out great, however I like to use the drippings to make gravy and if you brine the turkey the drippings are too salty.

I guess this year I will try my hand at a plain oven roasted turkey with lots of basting.

So how do you cook your turkey?

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Old 11-16-2011, 12:17 PM   #2
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325 degrees - center rack.
A large pan.
Apprx. 30 min's a pound - (you might want to check this no.)
Use a meat thermometer, stuck between the thickest part of the thigh
and the body - don't let it touch the bone -

Roast uncovered, until the last 15 - 30 mins. -
Basting it with the pan drippings (or oil) several times, during the cooking -
The last 15 to 30 min's - cover it loosely with tin foil -

Before cooking rinse it with cold water: inside and out, and rub the cavity
with some salt/pepper/spices...
You can also, rub the outside with oil -

When the thermometer shows 165 degrees - remove it.
When you remove it, let it sit for 15 min's or so - before carving.

Currently - a lot of people don't recommend cooking the stuffing
inside the bird - risk of food poisoning.

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My uncle does mine, he deeps pit them. His friend fixes them up, head out to the pit, drink some beer, drop them in, check for any blow holes, drink some more beer and go to bed. Pick them in the morning.
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Step 1: Buy turkey
Step 2: Have wife cook turkey


All done!


In seriousness, we have a newfangled oven that basically does everything for us. There is a probe we stick in the bird, and plug into the side of the oven. Turn on convection roast and walk away. The oven beeps when the inside of the turkey is cooked to our preset temperature.
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It's easier to cook a goose.


I can cook mine just by mentioning to the wife that she's put on a few pounds since last year.
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I have a short woman with a short fuse rattling around the kitchen that cooks and serves it for me. Of course, she's going under the knife again next week so I guess I'll do Taco Bell this year.
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A chef and butcher taught me to butterfly mine. You turn it over. Slit the skin down the back and then with your fingers and a sharp boning/poultry knife you work your way slowly around the entire bone until all the meat falls into a giant butterfly shape. You have a huge piece of gimped out turkey with legs and wings and a backbone separate.

I usually split the backbone frame and toss it into a stockpot right away with carrots, onions celery and the usual. White wine is handy of course.

The butterflied turkey will cook in a fraction of the time. The bone is out of the way so danger of Sam and Ella visiting is next to nill save for the bones left in wings and legs. And unless you are an idiot? You cannot over cook it.

Now then I do tie mine together a bit but under it I use oranges. And on top? Bacon.

I cook the stuffing on the side. Nobody cares/notices the difference.

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Will happily mail leftovers to any wanting them. I think the thing I dread most is turkey jello, turkey ice cream, turkey soup, turkey soap, turkey liquor, turkey pasta, turkey trots....

Any fricking turkey leftovers for like months.

Why did why have to pick such a giant, really dumb bird nobody really likes to eat that much as a Thanksgiving symbol?
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i will divided into two parts ,half of the turkey for roasted ,another part as you did ,soak it in a brine , but i dont like the drippings .
i prefer the turkey neck ,it will be cook single with chili ,and some other seasoning, it is so delicious.
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I smoke ours - a process that begins the day before with a rosemary and pomegranate marinade - and then smoked/crusted/wrapped with bacon. It'll be on the smoker for 10+ hours.

So tender and super juicy when it's done - it's phenomenal.
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Will happily mail leftovers to any wanting them. I think the thing I dread most is turkey jello, turkey ice cream, turkey soup, turkey soap, turkey liquor, turkey pasta, turkey trots....

Any fricking turkey leftovers for like months.

Why did why have to pick such a giant, really dumb bird nobody really likes to eat that much as a Thanksgiving symbol?

oh, how did you cook it?
i l'd like to cook turkey anytime as i wish.not being certain on Thanksgiving days
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I smoke ours - a process that begins the day before with a rosemary and pomegranate marinade - and then smoked/crusted/wrapped with bacon. It'll be on the smoker for 10+ hours.

So tender and super juicy when it's done - it's phenomenal.
I complain about people not sharing at least general geographic information in their posting. In your case. I will need street address or GPS coordinates. This sounds so, so good. Just tell me what time. I give almost all my bonus miles to the American Airlines Miles for Kids program each year. But for something with pomegranate.

"Screw the damned Future Famous," This year, and for God's sake, it not my fault they are just kids!

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Deep-fried. Actually, I don't do the frying any more -- neighbor does it for me (for a modest fee).
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Deep-fried - Yes, I've had those a couple of times - very good!
Fire hazard, though!
Keep the extinguishers handy!

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Deep-fried... Fire hazard, though!
Keep the extinguishers handy!...
Why do you think I have my neighbor do it? <G>

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