Cooking the simplest turkey for Thanksgiving, the main tips: top Tips

A frozen turkey should be defrosted in the refrigerator, where it can take up to a week, depending on the size of the bird.

1. Thaw your turkey

The time needed for a normal turkey to defrost in the refrigerator is as follows:   1 to 3 days for 4 to 12 pounds. 3 to 4 days for 12 to 16 pounds  4 to 5 days for 16 to 20 pounds 5 to 6 days for 20 to 24 pounds

1. Thaw your turkey

When it's time to prepare your bird, remove the now-thawed turkey from the refrigerator and place it on a rack at room temperature for an hour to remove the chill and dry the skin. (You don't need to use a different dish; use the rack you'll use to roast your turkey.)

2. Temper your turkey

The bottom of the turkey should rest at or slightly below the top of the roasting pan on your roasting rack. No rack for roasting? It also works with a sturdy cooling rack inside a half-sheet pan.

2. Temper your turkey

Set the oven to 350°F and place the rack on the bottom rung. Some recipes call for you to roast the turkey for a limited time at a high oven temperature before turning the heat down for the remainder. The theory is that high heat "sears" the bird while moderate heat gently roasts it, producing a chicken that is moister and more succulent.

3. Prep your oven

However, we haven't found that this makes a significant difference. Additionally, the skin tans quickly (often too quickly). Stable heat means that you won't need to check the oven as frequently, allowing you more time to prepare your Thanksgiving side dishes, such the mashed potatoes.

3. Prep your oven

Put the breast side of the turkey on the roasting rack and cover it with room-temperature salted butter or your preferred flavor compound butter. Start at the neck and slowly slide your fingers beneath the skin, taking cautious not to rip the skin or totally separate it at the huge cavity.

4. Butter your turkey

Apply the majority of the butter over the skin, a small amount inside the big cavity, and the remainder under the skin.

4. Butter your turkey

You can omit this last seasoning if you want to salt your bird (either with a wet or dry brine). There is no need to salt the cavity of kosher turkeys because they are already salted; nevertheless, you should salt the skin.

5. Season your turkey

This is how you do it: Put 112 teaspoons of kosher salt and 112 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper in the big cavity and another 112 teaspoons of each over the skin for a 12- to 14-pound chicken.

5. Season your turkey

Sounds strange, we admit. However, packing the neck cavity (rather than the big cavity) with an apple, cut side down, with the rounded side facing out, helps insulate the breast from heat and guards against overcooking.

6. Stuff the neck cavity but not the main cavity

At the start of roasting, loosely cover the bird with aluminum foil, shiny side out (to reflect heat). Foil tenting prevents the skin from becoming overly dark too soon. To allow the skin to brown, remove the foil around the halfway point of cooking.

7. Cover (and then uncover) the turkey

If you don't stuff your turkey, there will be space for aromatics, which will provide the bird taste and scent as well as depth to the pan drippings required to make gravy. Before roasting the turkey, try stuffing it with celery stalks, parsley, thyme, and onion quarters.

8. Add some aromatics

Calculating 13 minutes per pound at 350°F for an unstuffed turkey (about 3 hours for a 12- to 14-lb turkey) or 15 minutes per pound for a stuffed turkey is the simplest approach to determine how long to roast a turkey.

9. Calculate turkey cooking time and temperature

Prior to carving, the roast turkey must rest for at least 30 minutes after reaching the proper temperature. Cutting it up too quickly will merely let the fluids to flow out, leaving you with dried-out meat on top of a pool on your cutting board. This gives the juices time to settle into the bird and be reabsorbed.

10. Let the turkey rest

Heritage turkeys differ from typical grocery birds in terms of length of the thighs and drumsticks, leanness of the breast, and size. They also cook and taste differently.

How to Cook a Heritage Turkey

Set your oven's temperature to 325°F to begin. A 12- to 14-pound turkey should be cooked in two phases over the course of 5 to 6 hours. It is a controlled partial thaw during the initial stretch.

How to Cook a Frozen Turkey

Before applying seasonings and removing the giblets from the turkey, you should let it warm up a little because seasoning won't stick to a frozen bird. For this initial cycle, allow 2 hours.

How to Cook a Frozen Turkey

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