|How to Roast a Turkey|
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Easy Preparation of a Turkey
With Thanksgiving just behind us, here is a tip for future preparation of a turkey. This was my first year to prepare a frozen turkey. I have always paid a little more and purchased a fresh one. I'll definitely do that next year. I bought a 20-lb. turkey and the second day in the frig it was still as hard as a rock. I called the Butterball hotline and got some advice. If I had not soaked it in water for 4 hours one day and 2 hours the next, we would not have had turkey on our Thanksgiving table this year. It took four days to thaw even with this process and I still had to yank some of the giblets out that were frozen in the center.
My usual method is to bake it the day before we eat it (I use the Reynolds' Oven Bags), and have my husband carve it that day as well. I save the drippings in a ziplock bag and put everything in the refrigerator overnight. The next day I skim off the fat and then put the congealed drippings on top of the sliced turkey. Be sure to save 2-3 tbsp. of drippings to add to your gravy! Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 300 degrees for one hour. It tastes just like you baked it that day and there's not a huge mess all over your kitchen OR your dining table. This simple process sure saves me on Thanksgiving or the day of the actual meal so I can relax a bit, too. Try it. I think you'll like it.