Instructions for Roasting a Turkey

Instructions for Roasting a Turkey

Tomorrow’s turkey day and if you’re like me you’re thawing your bird in preparation for the big Thanksgiving Day feast! To help make your life easier I’ve created a simple guide to help you roast your turkey.

  1. After cleaning your turkey and rinsing with cold water brush your turkey with melted butter and seasoning, I like to use sage, onion salt, garlic and pepper.
  2. Add a cup of water to help collect pan juices.
  3. Cover with foil.
  4. Place in a 350 F oven, baste every hour.
  5. Half way through, flip your turkey to brown both sides.
  6. Cook to an internal temperature of 165 F and let stand 15-20 minutes before carving.

The size of your turkey will depend on how many hours it will take. My 10 pound turkey not stuffed takes 3 hours but check out Food Safety for a chart to help you with all size turkeys, it’s a good guide.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! For more great recipes check out my post on making homemade stuffing or pumpkin pudding for dessert!

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  • I’ve never thought about flipping the bird over! What a great idea!

  • I’ve always used the oven bags for my turkey, comes out super juicy every time no fuss.