how to cook my turkey

Chelle - posted on 12/16/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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1st time cooking my christmas turkey this year
only a small one...about 8lb
my oven has gas mark 1 up to 9 so i dont know what temprture each gas mark stands for.

every one has told me different things.
some say butter on the skin
some say butter under the skin
some say bacon
some say an apple in the middle to warm in inside out
some say stuffing in the middle
and others have told me stuffing under the skin not in the cavity.

so as you can imagen i dont know what to do with every one telling differnt things.
and how long do you cook an 8lb turkey and on what gas mark?

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Shelly - posted on 12/19/2009

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Quechelle,

Take a deep breath and then go out and buy a Reynalod Roasting bag for turkey. On the side of the box it tells you how long to roast the turkey and it always comes out perfect and juicy....Don't try to be the hero by do it the old fashion way trust me I have been doing Christmas dinner for the past 20 years and I have done it both ways and I have never had a dry turkey using the roasting bag. You can make your dressing and everything else seperate it will save you alot of heart ache and stress...

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Chenell - posted on 12/19/2009

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For me the easiest way to cook a turkey and it not be dry is by deep frying it paula deen has a good recipe on foodnetwork.com

Tiffany - posted on 12/18/2009

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oh you should try deep fry we did that for Thanksgiving and it was the best!! it was cajun but if this is your first turkey the best way I think is use a cooking bag

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I put mine in a turkey bag- breast down. rub some garlic, pepper, or other seasoning I like at the time under the skin. I follow the baking time and temp on back of bag box. My turkey cooks faster in a bag than out. Also each mark _ 1-9_ stands for 20 degrees celsius. so each mark the oven goes up 20C. For a conversion chart to Farenheit try googling it. I hope this helps

Damaris - posted on 12/17/2009

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The simplest and most fool proof way to cook a turkey....slow cook it...

Rinse turkey and place in roaster or pan of choice....make sure it has high (3") sides....turkeys make a lot of juice.....sprinkle with a little salt....cover with foil...place in oven the night before. Cook on your ovens lowest setting for 8 to 12 hours.....if you want that pretty brown roasted look....rub skin with some oil and broil until you reach desired brown color. I do this so that it frees up my oven for the other things, dressing, sweet potatos, etc. If you leave it covered until lunch time it will still be warm enough to eat without reheating. I have catered many a holiday meal (up to 150 people) and this method has always been the easiest. Fix and go to bed....will be ready in the morning!!!

Amanda - posted on 12/16/2009

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Have you tried looking for a recipe on the Food network or Martha Stewart's website? They both will give you step by step instructions.Also if you want to try something different, try frying it. We deep-fry ours and I swear I will never roast another turkey in the oven again. Another thing it's much quicker. It only takes 3mins per lb , when you fry it. You can also find a recipe for frying the turkey on the Food Network. Alton Brown has a recipe. Good luck with your turkey!

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