To cook a whole turkey

To cook a whole turkey is not such a difficult thing to do. All you need is plenty or room in your oven, a good roasting dish and some tin foil.

Now first you have to choose what kind of turkey you are going to have, either fresh or frozen. Now you have a lot of debate about what is the best turkey. And I think like almost all meats if it is fresh then it is going to better then frozen. But if we are talking about best price you probably will go fro a frozen turkey. If it is frozen then make sure that it is fully defrosted before you start to cook it. It takes about 10 to 12 hours per 1kg or 2ld or 2 hours per 1kg or 2 lb at room temperature. Place your hand inside the bird to see if all the ice crystal has gone or stick a fork in to a thick part of the barest meat to see it is still frozen.

So once you have your bird ready to cook then you need to get your oven hot. Now to cook the turkey you need to preheat your oven to 180°C or 356°F.

Now to prepare the bird you can take a little butter and cover the top part of the bird in butter. Season the bird on the inside and the out side as well. Place a whole onion, some whole garlic cloves and fresh herbs in to the cavity of the bird if you like to give extra flavour.

Now place the turkey on a rack in a deep sided roasting tin. Do not place directly in the bottom of the roasting tin or it will sit in all the juices and that will make the base of the bird had to handle if you are going to carve it.

Now the trick with turkey is to keep it moist. So what you want to do not is take some tin foil and cover the turkey with it. What you want to do is make a sort of tent out of the foil. Try and get as good a seal around the roasting tray as you can. This helps as the turkey cooks it also steam a little in all the juices that come out of the bird. And now you are ready to roast the bird just pace it in the oven.

A turkey takes about 20 minutes for every 500g or 1ld at 180°C or 356°F. So for a average turkey of 5 to 6 kg or 10 to 12 ld would be about 3 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours 40 minutes. For the last 20 to 30 minutes take of the foil and allow the bird to brown.

And there you have it a moist well cooked turkey that should be full of flavour and easy to carve .


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