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Thanksgiving What a wonderful holiday! From turkey and dressing to getting the whole family together and enjoying the day. What do you do on Thanksgiving? Tell us about it!

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Old 11-06-2007, 01:12 PM
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Turkey Tips

Please share your best tips for a fabulous Thanksgiving turkey!
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:17 PM
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Remember to use a meat thermometer for safe cooking! Poultry is safe to eat once it reaches 165, according to the USDA.

Here's a printable chart that shows safe temperatures for different kinds of food.

Because I cook stuffing "in the bird" and the stuffing contains sausage meat, I use two separate meat thermometers: one in the turkey itself and one in the stuffing. When they're BOTH done, then I'm done cooking.
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Old 11-07-2007, 01:46 PM
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I've discovered what beer is good for!

12 of dark beer
1/2 cup real butter melted
1 tbsp. minced garlic or onion
1/2 tesp celery seed
1 tesp. rubbed sage
1 tesp minced lemon zest (or grated peel)
salt & pepper to taste.
Blend together and let set 10 minutes. Loosen skin by sliding a butter knife between the skin and flesh. DO NOT poke holes and make sure you don't poke through to the end, but do go down leg as far as you can. Using a baster, fill this "pocket" with the beer marinate making sure you get into all the freed spaces. In the cavity put a cuple of carrot sticks, celery sticks and remaing marinate. Spray w/ pam or use melted butter on top of skin. Cover and roast @ 325' 12 minutes per pound. Check turkey and baste, if meat isn't at "done" temp. return to oven and bake longer. Let turkey rest 15 minutes before carving.

Turkey will come out very moist and tender! So, now you know what beer is good for too........... Cooking!

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Old 11-07-2007, 02:11 PM
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I always use Reynolds ovens bags to cook my turkeys. Just follow the directions and cooking times that are included in the box. They turn out great every time!
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:19 PM
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What is a good size turkey to buy for 5 people?
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:21 AM
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Flutterby84,

If you don't want leftovers. About a ten pound turkey.

And if you want leftovers for other meals I would get about 15 - 20 pounds. If you don't want to use all the leftovers at once. You can freeze for later use.

I usually use cooking spray for the pan and spray the turkey with cooking spray and sprinkle with meat tenderizing salt. Then cook the turkey without stuffing for about 15 minutes per pound at 325* -350*. I usually cook the stuffing separately. That way I can use the leftovers later.
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Old 11-10-2007, 09:29 AM
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Here's the way I do our turkey-
stuffing-bread cubes, green pepper and onion, an egg and some chicken broth. Mix together and stuff into the bird. Place breast side down in the poaster and cover. Place in the oven at 200* and roast overnight. Usually from 10 pm to 10 am. If I get up in the middle of the night to go potty I baste it, if not, I do it when I wake up. DS will sneak bites of the stuffing early in the am since the turkey usually splits open, and he'll baste it.
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For those who like the idea of deep Frying your turkey for Thanksgiving (or afterward), might I suggest that instead of buying the Canola oil, you purchase peanut oil?. Whenever DH makes his famous D.F.Turkey we buy peanut oil, and have had several guests and family members ask what we do differently that makes the turkey taste moist and not greasy.
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We have a friend who uses peanut oil too. It does make a delicious differece, but make sure no one is allergic to peanuts!

We are staying home this yr. So I'll be cooking. I look for the turkeys on sale and get the biggest because I want leftovers. I have a Seal-a-meal gadget and roll bags and the tube where you make your own size bag. I can freeze leftovers for times when I'm too tired or just hurting too much to cook. It removes the air so you don't get that old freezer taste, and comes out as good as it goes in. It's wonderful and saves money, time and wear and tear on me! You can thaw in hot wter or not or mirowave it. We have turkey for the following day and the rest is already sealed and frozen. No one is allowed to get tired of leftovers. I enjoy telling them "it's already frozen, ya should have been here yesterday" lol
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