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im going to cook my first turkey this thanksgiving any good pointers, or thing i should be ready for?--thanks
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Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/7/2011 8:28 PM EST
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I have to agree with everyone who has suggested the Reynolds bags.  But, their will be a lot of liquid that cooks out of turkey in the bag.  Be careful when you open the bag and DO NOT dispose of the liquid.  I use the liquid in my dressing, and no amount of other spices can give the dressing the great flavor. 

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/7/2011 9:06 PM EST
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Even if the little pop up button is up, still use your meat thermometer to check to see if your turkey is done.  I have had a bad experience with a turkey that was not really fully cooked.

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/7/2011 9:08 PM EST
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OK you Reynolds bag people. ............ Where do you get your liquids for GRAVY?  Will that be in the bag when the turkey is finished?
I can imagine gravy without turkey but sure can't imagine turkey without gravy!

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/7/2011 9:09 PM EST
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And Peggy - thanks for joining us.  We appreciate having you.

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/7/2011 9:45 PM EST
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Welcome Kenny!  Good luck on making that first turkey.  Pretty soon you will become a pro at it.

Some stores even carry the Jennie-O turkeys that come in a bag.  You just leave it in the bag and pop it in the oven.

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/8/2011 12:09 AM EST
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Remember to thaw your turkey safely in the refrigerator. After baking refrigerate the leftovers.
Butterball 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372). If needed.

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/8/2011 2:16 AM EST
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In Response to Re: need best way to cook a turkey:
In Response to Re: need best way to cook a turkey : My standard brine is one gallon cold water,1/2 cup kosher salt,1/4 cup light brown sugar if you need more just follow these ingredients and adjust amounts as needed.Other spices can be added to your taste.I've added apples,onion,garlic,you can add whatever you like .Brine the meat for 12 hours or overnight.Before cooking take meat out of the brine rinse well under cold water inside and out.Pat dry,no need for added salt,season and roast as you usually do.I'll have to try the dry brine the way you make yours this is the first I've heard of dry brine.I'm sure the results will be similar.We are just infusing flavor and moisture into the meat.I have a turkey fryer but have not fried a turkey yet.We use it for frying 5# of chicken wings at a time.lol These guys eat a lot!
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I have to share my turkey fryer story. I always make turkey for Thanksgiving, but for Christmas I change it up with other meats, or shrimp, etc. Last year, 2 weeks before Christmas, my younger son called and asked me to get a turkey for Christmas. I questioned whether turkey twice in 30 days was too much, but he insisted. When he arrived at our home for Christmas, he came walking into the house with a large box. He said he wanted an excuse to buy a turkey fryer, and that's why he insisted we have turkey for Christmas. The day before Christmas we used the fryer to boil up a batch of crab legs...yum. On Christmas Day he cooked the turkey in the fryer, and it was excellent. We used peanut oil, and it doesn't taste oily at all.

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/8/2011 5:34 AM EST
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When you brine, you must rinse the brine off the meat and pat dry. Really delicious and if you rinse the brine from the meat, it isn't salty.

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/10/2011 9:21 AM EST
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Since I am now alone  I have been cheating at Thanksgiving time.  I buy turkey breast and cook it in a large slow cooker. It keeps all the juices, for dressing, and then I place it in the oven for about an hour to get golden brown and distribute the smell all over the house.

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/10/2011 6:50 PM EST
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Wow John - it's good, so very good, to hear from you.  How are you doing?

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/11/2011 10:22 PM EST
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In Response to need best way to cook a turkey:
i put my turkey in the oven the night before at 
say 6:00 pm in the oven on 250 and let it cook all night until the timer that is in the bird pops up

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/11/2011 11:13 PM EST
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I just wanted to mention that I don't stuff my turkey.  I cook the stuffing separately.  However, if you do stuff the tukey, stuff it loosely, don't pack it in.

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/12/2011 7:15 AM EST
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I yhink the best turkey is butterball.

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/20/2011 3:58 AM EST
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Remember to thaw your Turkey safely in the refrigerator for Thanksgiving.

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/24/2011 5:53 PM EST
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My family and I agreed that this was the most moist turkey we have ever tasted.I didn't brine the turkey this year,it was a self basting turkey and they have salt injected into it.I pulled the skin up and put pats of butter all over the breast meat,I put an entire head of garlic with the top cut off and a couple of lemons that I cut in half inside the breast cavity,seasoned inside and out with season salt and pepper.I rubbed it down on the back side with cannola oil.I cooked it on a rack open ,not covered and breast side down.I did baste it with chicken stock straight from the can.We flipped the turkey over for the last hour.The skin was all nice,browned and crispy.I ended up with more than a half gallon of gravy.YUMMY!

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 11/26/2011 12:13 AM EST
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Sorry a little late, but perhaps next year, or next holiday you can refer back.  I personally am not a fan of the bags.  I like a nice crispy brown skin, not as moist as it comes out in one of those.  I see you received many good ideas, EXCEPT NO SEASONING suggestions.  For me, it would not be a tasty turkey without first seasoning the inside and out of the bird with salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, thyme, and Bell's Seasoning. (I'm not really sure what is in there, but it tastes wonderful - use when boiling shrimp too.  This is the only name brand herb/spice that I use - everything else comes from a dollar store.  Another note, my mother always taught me to put an onion, or scored citrus fruit inside any bird I was not going to stuff - it gives it more flavor, and heaven forbid you should over cook a bit, helps keep it's shape.  The second best part of the turkey - after eating Wink - is the look on everyone's faces when you bring in that golden brown show piece!!  Hope your dinner was great!!

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 12/5/2011 7:09 AM EST
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Posted by Nancy G[/QUOTE]

Good morning Nancy G.  I have been fighting with everybody involved in my injury case. Enough of all that. Holidays are a bad time of year for me now. I have TOO many problems trying to cook BUT baking is still something I can do. A little at a time but the oven does most of the cooking.

 Have a good day hopefully and celebrate all you can while you can. Nice being back sometimes.

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 12/5/2011 7:46 AM EST
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Thanks John - it's so good to hear from you.  I do wish it were better news.  I wish we were neighbors!!  I could help with many problems - at least cooking.

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 12/5/2011 9:17 AM EST
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Good to hear from John,  We wonder if folks are ok if we haven't heard from them in a while

Re: need best way to cook a turkey

posted at 12/5/2011 10:47 AM EST
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from the time i was very small (over 60 yrs ago) my grandmother cooked the turkey and dressing in a large white roaster oven--------------she gave each of her children (6) one of these when thay married and my mother also cooked hers this way and also gave each of us (5) our own ----------------this is the only way i have ever cooked a turkey (my son fries although i also gave him his own roaster)

i wash and dry the turkey rub it with butter , salt and pepper and cook it until done by a meat thermometer, with the pot doing the basting------------and then add my dressing to the drippings in the pot and cook it , stirring often

this frees your oven for pies, cakes , rolls and other things and doesn't overheat the house --------because here on the gulf coast in texas we are still using the a/c  a lot of years 

like the bags and crock pot the skin doesn't brown ------------but i've never missed that
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