So it's the holidays season, and you're responsible for the main dish. Don't worry; you're only five simple steps away from serving the perfect bird at your next big gathering. Follow the following easy five steps that are mistake-proof to make a tasty roast turkey. Whether this is the first turkey that you are about to cook or when it comes to cooking turkeys, you are a seasoned pro, it never hurts to have a basic and easy tutorial to cook a turkey. Did I mention five easy steps, well, if you can find a volunteer for Step Five, this basic cooking lesson really involves four simple steps. Continue to read on to learn how to cook a turkey.
How To Cook A Turkey
Step 1: Thaw it. If using a frozen turkey, thaw in its original plastic wrapper in the fridge. Allow for five hours per pound, or per 500 grams. Quicker version: Cover the turkey with cold water (a clean sink is a good place for this), and change with fresh cold water every 30 minutes; allow one hour per pound (500 grams).
Step 2: Season it. Prepare the turkey by removing giblets and neck. Rinse and wipe the cavity; sprinkle with salt and pepper or stuff lightly using skewers to fasten skin over the cavity.
Step 3: Roast it. Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in roasting pan. Brush with melted butter or oil. Tent loosely with foil. Roast in 325 fahrenheit (160 celius) oven for about 20 minutes per pound (500 grams) or until juices run clear when turkey is pierced and when thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 180 fahrenheit (82 celius) for a stuffed turkey or 170 fahrenheit (77 celius) for an unstuffed turkey. Remove tent for last hour of roasting.
Step 4: Cover and leave it. When turkey is done, transfer to warm platter. Tent with foil and let stand for 20 to 30 minutes. This allows time for juices at the surface of the bird to distribute evenly throughout the meat.
Step 5: Carve turkey or find a volunteer to carve this tasty turkey for you. Either way, eat and enjoy!
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