Ever wondered how to properly cook a turkey for Thanksgiving? Now is your chance. The directions may look lengthy, but believe me when I say the oven does most of the work.
Wash your turkey thoroughly under running water. When preparing your turkey you first should remove the gizzard packet, which you’ll find inside the turkey. As tempting as it may be do not leave the gizzard packet inside of your turkey. When your guest arrive and you pull that gizzard packet out of the cavity of your turkey, take It from me you’ll be embarrassed. Now place the heart, neck, and gizzard packet in a pan of cold water and heat to boil. If you like now is your time to stuff the cavity of the turkey. Now tie the legs to the tail with cooking string. Be sure you use cooking string. Twist the wing tips under the back of the turkey. You don’t want your turkey to look like it’s fighting back! For this step you may use melted butter or olive oil, choose which ever you and your family prefer. Brush the turkey all over with your oil of choice. Now take an oven-safe thermometer and insert it into the center of the thigh muscles, please avoid hitting the bone with the thermometer. Do not try to guess the temperature of the turkey you cannot “eye ball” 185 degrees! Soak a four-layer piece of cheese cloth in melted butter, and cover the turkey with it. Inside of a 325-350 degree oven place your cheese cloth covered turkey. The pan juices will accumulate, so it’s important that you base your turkey every 30 minutes. Remember to cook your turkey 1 hour every 4 pounds, so if you have a 22 pound turkeys 5.5 hours should just about do it. After letting your giblet stock simmering for 2 hours remove it from the heat. You may cut the string that holds the legs and tail together, or you may leave it tied, it’s your choice. Uncover the turkey. When you see your turkey and if it’s not brown enough for you let it continue to cook until it’s to your liking.
* Your turkey should register at 185 degrees, your stuffing 165 degrees.
Your last step is to remove your turkey from the oven. You may cover it with foil to keep it warm, and you may remove your turkey and place it on a proper serving dish. Be sure to let it rest 15-30 minutes before serving.
Congratulations! you have just successfully prepared a holiday turkey.
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