Tomorrow is thanksgiving and there isn’t much that is easier to prepare and cook than roast turkey. Don’t let the news media scare you off as they spend the week giving turkey cooking tips and making it look harder than it is. There are other ways to cook a turkey but roasting it is the easiest. No need to deep fry it, or put it on a stick.
For those of you who have never cooked the bird this is what it looks like:
Turkeys are very easy to roast, in an oven or in an electric turkey roaster. Where most people go wrong is by not using a meat thermometer and or by cooking the bird too long and at too high of a temperature or by listening to the talking heads on the morning news. Use the Betty Crocker roasting chart. I won’t tell you how many years that has worked for me.
Please don’t overcook your turkey. If your turkey is dry it is because you overcooked it. Please use a meat thermometer and keep an eye on it.
Turkeys can be cooked rapidly at 450 or so, but the easiest way is to put it in an electric turkey roaster or in the oven at 325 to 350 and just ignore it. I like to start with a fresh turkey, never a frozen turkey and cook it in an electric roaster because it frees up the oven and requires almost no effort on my part.
I make the stuffing separately but like to stick an whole unpeeled orange in the cavity.
Clean up is simple too. The only challenge is finding a place to store the electric roaster but as a Realtor I can help you find a bigger home with more storage space if needed.
The FDA recommends a minimum internal temperature of 165 . . if you don’t want to risk food poisoning. personally I go for up around 180 degrees. Please don’t rely on that little pop-up thingy to detect doneness. Use a real meat thermometer.
Have a happy thanksgiving and don’t stress over the turkey. Worry about the stuffing or the pies or the rolls, or which family members are going to get into a fight over something stupid.