The Perfect Succulent Turkey!

roasted turkey

If you’re like me and you only roast a turkey once or twice a year, it can be hard to remember how to get your bird to turn out perfectly every time. Follow a few helpful hints so your Thanksgiving turkey will be golden brown and gorgeous but most importantly moist and juicy.
Allow plenty of time for the bird to thaw, 2-4 days in the refrigerator or roughly 24 hours for every 5 pounds. You can also thaw it in a tub of cool water changing the water frequently to hasten the process, this will go faster but you will need to allow 12-24 hours for the turkey to thaw completely. OR simply buy a fresh turkey.
Once thawed, pat him dry.
Rub the turkey down with olive oil and salt the outside generously.
Stuff the turkey cavity with more salt and plenty of vegetables and aromatics, I like to use an onion, celery, carrots, rosemary, thyme, even a cut up orange or lemon if you like.
Roast the turkey in a 325 degree oven uncovered until the thickest part of the thigh or breast registers 165 degrees on a reliable meat thermometer. Using a meat thermometer is the BEST way to ensure a juicy turkey because you won’t overcook it.
This is a slow roasting method so there is no need to baste the turkey. When you baste, you deregulate the oven temperature, it can drop as much as 150 degrees while open, creating hot spots and making cooking time longer and less reliable and yielding a dry turkey.
A 16-18 pound turkey will take approximately 3 ½-4 ½ hours to roast.
Once done, let the birds sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes tented to stay warm before carving to perfection.
Follow this guide and your turkey will definitely be the star of the show!

About Lorie Fangio

I am a lifestyle advisor with a passion for connecting families Around the Table for mealtime. We are becoming a society that doesn’t even speak to each other, texting and internet relationships are the norm and it is impacting our culture. I believe the human connection as we know it, is in danger. Finding time to spend together as a family unit can be difficult especially with dual family careers and children that are often hyper scheduled. My mission is to inspire families, with a no nonsense approach to real food. Gathering Around the Table is key to the foundation of familial relationships. Sitting down to a meal is much more than breaking bread, it is a bonding ritual for families that actually protects our kids from all the dangerous stuff in the world. With tips and techniques we can all get our families Around the Table!
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3 Responses to The Perfect Succulent Turkey!

  1. Shari Benson says:

    Yummy! Thanks!

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Anonymous says:

    I am cooking my first turkey EVER this Christmas and using your tips!

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