How do you cook a turkey from start to finish?
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Your First Turkey!
Easy Roast Turkey for Beginners for the Holidays
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How many minutes per pound are you supposed to cook a turkey?
Is it better to cook a turkey covered or uncovered?
If stuffing the turkey, do so while the oven is preheating. Place turkey breast-up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Roast uncovered, or loosely covered with foil. If you choose to baste your turkey, limit the number of times you open and close your oven (once per hour is sufficient).
Do you cook a turkey at 325 or 350?
Roast in a 325° or 350° (depending on size of bird; see below) oven until thermometer registers 160°. If turkey is unstuffed, tip slightly to drain juices from body cavity into pan.
Should I cover my turkey with aluminum foil?
Placing aluminum foil on a turkey when roasting can be helpful. Use aluminum foil in one of two ways: enclose the turkey in the foil before roasting it in a hot oven; or, use the foil as a tent to control the level of browning. However, the turkey skin, though golden, isn’t crispy.
Should you put water in turkey roasting pan?
No. We do not recommend adding water to the pan because it creates a steam and may steam-burn the turkey. The turkey will produce its own flavorful juices. After cooking, you can extend the turkey’s juices with broth or wine, then add it to your gravy for extra flavor.