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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How To Cook The Best Turkey Ever!

With Thanksgiving (in the States) just a week away, now is the time to talk Turkey!

 I've shared this method of slow roasting with friends and family all over the country and I am sure they have passed it along to their friends, too!  Last year when Tim's Aunt Mary Lou passed, one of Tim's cousins said to me as we were hugging, "I've been slow roasting my turkey every since you told us about it!"  That's impact!  (smile)

I learned this method from a mentor of mine, Emilie BarnesHer book, 

has all the details in it for "Perfect Everytime" Turkey.  I tried it for the first time years ago, and have never cook a turkey any other way again!
Here's what you do - 
Chose the desired size of turkey, wash it well, and remove the neck and giblets. Dry the turkey with paper towels, salt the cavity, and stuff with dressing of your choice. Rub the outside with olive oil. (I always use butter)

Put the turkey breast down (this bastes itself, making the white meat very moist) on a poultry rack in a roasting pan uncovered. Put into a 350 degree preheated oven for one hour to destroy bacteria on the surface. Then adjust the heat to 200 degrees for any size turkey. This is important. The turkey can go in the oven the day before eating it. (example: I have a 20 pound turkey. At 10:00 P.M. Thanksgiving Eve I put the prepared turkey in the oven at 350 degrees for one hour. I turn the temperature down to 200 degrees and leave the turkey uncovered until it’s done the next day about  1:00 or 2:00 pm.)

Although the cooking times seems startling at first, the meat is amazingly delicious, juicy, and tender. A turkey cooked the regular time at the regular temperatures no longer tastes good. And a turkey cooked at this low temperature slices beautifully and shrinks very little. The turkey cannot burn, so it needs no watching, and vitamins and proteins cannot be harmed at such low heat.

A good rule for timing your turkey is to allow about three times longer than moderate-temperature roasting. For example, a 20 pound turkey normally takes 15 minutes per pound to cook and would take 5 hours. The slow-cook method takes three times five hours so this equals 15 hours of cooking by the slow method. A smaller turkey cooks for 20 minutes per pound, so an 11 pound turkey takes three hours and 40 minutes. Multiplied by three, that equals 11 hours.

Since the lower temperature requires longer cooking, its use must depend on when you wish to serve your turkey. However, once it’s done, it will not overcook. You can leave the turkey in an additional three to six hours and it will be perfect. Thus, your roasting can be adjusted entirely to your convenience. Allow yourself plenty of time, and let your meat thermometer be your guide to when the turkey is done. Your only problem could be if you didn’t put the turkey in the oven soon enough.

The meat browns perfectly, and you’ll get wonderful drippings for gravy. 

If you are looking for a picture perfect turkey to put on your Thanksgiving table, this is not it.  The meat on the slow roasted turkey is moist and wonderful and falls off the bones.  If you slice your turkey a head of time, for the table, this is your bird!

If you try it let me know how it turns out! 


Theresa said...

YUM, I am ready for some TURKEY:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

podso said...

I remember you telling about this from other years. I am tempted to try it. I'll let you know if I do!

Vee said...

My dear, I will never go back. The most raves I receive are for the delicious turkey. Shhhhhh...I don't tell my secret lest the family run screaming out the door. Thanks a million for a great tip! Know anything about stuffing?

Sue said...

WoW! This is incredible, Thank you for sharing,Deanna! Emilie Barnes is a mentor of mine also! I have many of her books, the one you showed is one I don't have, I will now be looking for it!

Pam said...

I am a long time reader but have never commented. But I just HAD to comment on your turkey post! I tried your "Perfect Turkey" and oh, my goodness!!!! I will be cooking my turkeys like this from here on out. It was SO easy and came out just perfectly. EVERYONE, even the children, commented that they'd never had such moist and delicious turkey. And it was SO nice having it all stuffed and in the oven the night before- that made for such a calm morning. LOVED it! Just wanted to thank you for posting the recipe- it did not disappoint. In fact it even exceeded my expectations!


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