How To Roast a Turkey

Thawing the Turkey

The turkey must be completely thawed before cooking. The approximate time it will take to thaw is 24 hours for every five pounds of turkey. If you don’t have enough time to thaw it in the refrigerator then you’ll have to do a turkey bath. Place the turkey in a cold water, enough to cover the turkey. Exchange the water every 30 minutes for new cold water until the turkey is thawed.

Roasting the Turkey

What You Will Need
1 turkey
2 cups water (or broth)
2 sticks butter
Garlic or Seasoned Salt
Basil, or whatever herbs you prefer.


Roasting pan
Roasting rack to lift turkey up off pan
Turkey baster


1. Take the turkey out of the fridge. Remove it from it’s packaging and take out the bag of giblets (check in the body cavity and in the neck cavity). Set the turkey breast-side up on the roasting rack.

2. Stuff the turkey with your stuffing.

3. Heat the Oven to 350°F.

4. Rub your turkey with butter or oil for a richer flavor and browner skin, rub seasoned or garlic salt on the skin for flavoring.

5. Roast the Turkey – Pour two cups of broth or water into the roasting pan. Also place what is left of the butter in the pan. Place the turkey in the oven. Place foil loosely around turkey, like it is forming a house around the turkey. Leave there until there is a bout an hour left cooking time, then take off to let the skin brown.

6. Cooking Time- The rule of thumb for cooking a turkey is 13 minutes per pound.

5. Baste the Turkey- Once an hour, remove the turkey from the oven, and baste the turkey all over with the baster with the juices from the bottom of the pan. Just drizzle the juices all over the top of the turkey and it’s legs.

6. Check the Temperature- To make sure that turkey is fully cooked check its temperature in any of these three places: the breast, the outer thigh, or the inside thigh, the meat should be at least 165°F.

And that is it! You now know how to roast a turkey!!
Happy carving!

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