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    How to cook a turkey?

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    This is the first time I will be away from home for Thanksgiving. I want to cook a turkey, but I have no clue how. So, experienced cookers give me your tips!

    I'm really excited that I found out Trader Joe's has kosher whole turkeys!

    Also, what is a list of gear I might need that I probably don't have? I already know I need a thermometer and a roasting pan, but do I need to buy a real metal roasting pan?
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    Safeway had Turkey Tips Tuesdays on Facebook. Ive never made a turkey
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    I use this method. Mom's Roast Turkey Recipe | Simply Recipes Cooking it breast down keeps the breast super moist and yummy!

    ETA: I forgot to say you'll need a roasting pan with a rack so you can collect the pan drippings for gravy. And definitely a thermometer.
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    Well, I would encourage you to buy a metal roasting pan just because it'll worth the investment we use it for more than just Turkey and we got ours from WalMart for $10.
    Cooking a Turkey
    Step 1 Clean the turkey
    You'll need to take out the gizzards and all that junk... there's a bag in each hole.
    Then you need to thouroughly rinse the turkey in warm water.. inside and out
    Step 2 Dry the Turkey
    Pat outside dry with paper towels.
    Step 3 Stuff the Turkey
    I make the box stuffing with chicken broth, chopped celery and onions. Let it cool some then stuff both holes, fold the neck skin over the stuffing.
    Step 4
    coat the outside in butter, then salt. Cook according to directions.

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    I've made a few. I had to call my mom my first time lol. She told me the rule of thumb for cooking a turkey is 13 minutes per pound at 350 degrees. You'll need to baste your turkey every 45 mins. Use a turkey baster or spoon to scoop up the liquids and drizzle them on top of the turkey. My mom would always put a little butter on top of the turkey. She also told me to let the turkey rest for 30 mins before you carve it.

    You can use one of those cheapy throw away roasting pans. I always use that. I don't use a thermometer, but its good to have one on hand since its your first time. You can either get a baster or not. Depends on personal preference.

    Goodluck and have fun on your first one



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    I was gonna ask all you ladies the same question!
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    Google Alton Brown Roast Turkey. He has a recipe where you brine the turkey... to die for!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sindorella View Post
    Google Alton Brown Roast Turkey. He has a recipe where you brine the turkey... to die for!
    The turkey comes brined already! Plus its kosher, so they have to soak it in salt anyways.
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    Lets hear some more tips!
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    I've never done a turkey before, but I have a recipe pinned for slow cooker turkey. It's just turkey breast vs a whole bird but it looks good!

    Six Sisters' Stuff: Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Recipe
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