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cooking my first turkey

Thursday, January 31, 2013

on sunday i am going to cook my first turkey. my hubby got an 11 lb turkey from work. so i figured with all the snow it would be a good time to plan to cook this weekend.

Does anyone have any good stories from when they cooked their first turkey?

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 2/3/2013 10:34AM

    I don't remember now! I know I've overcooked a few! And once the gadget that's supposed to pop out didn't pop out & it was overcooked!
My mom always had a piece of clean linen that she would soak in oil & put over the turkey. I never did it but her turkeys were always delicious. I just patted it with oil, salted & peppered & stuffed the cavity with stuffing tied the with string placed in oven & basted once or twice. Sometimes covered top lightly with foil to prevent it getting too brown.
Last one was cooked in a bag which was a first for me but it was quite moist & tasty.
Good luck

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WALLAHALLA 1/31/2013 3:17PM


no where in the directions did it say to take the plastic bag with gravy out of the I automatically knew to look up its hind end

no where in the directions did it say to place butter pats under the skin, or to make sure it was sealed rather than just covered up

no where in the directions did it define what a "slow oven" is, although it did tell me to cook it in one

no where in the directions did it say how to tell when it was done in the middle

dried out brick on the outside...not done in the middle...

nowadays, I just do a breast instead of a whole bird, and prefer to cook it in the crock pot, where it comes out perfectly juicy and tender everytime.

Thank God for the invention of the internet, where I can look things up, including how to videos!

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VONBLACKBIRD 1/31/2013 9:31AM

    don't we put our turkey in a smoker instead of roasting it in the oven anymore but it is pretty easy really to roast a turkey.

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THOMS1 1/31/2013 7:44AM

    Just don't forget to take the bag that holds the gizzards, heart and neck out or the turkey before you cook it. A good hint is to use a turkey bag. It keeps it from getting dry and it also cooks faster. My mother 's first turkey, she forgot to take the bag out. I wish you success. emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 1/31/2013 7:19AM

    It has been awhile...... I can't get over that you've never cooked on yet! LOL have fun!

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ELLENIRENE 1/31/2013 4:50AM

    gee! I don't remember ever cooking my first turkey. When I was a kid, I remember my mother making the stuffing and I always helped her--but don't ever remember my "own" turkey cooking

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