Got Turkey?

by on November 23, 2008 in Meal Planning & Recipes

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Thanksgiving is almost here! I really enjoy this holiday, especially since we have been cooking and hosting dinner at our house for the last few years. This weekend we went out and got our turkey and everything we need for the dinner, so we are almost ready!

I had hoped to get a farm turkey this year, but all the farmers around here had really bad luck with their turkeys this year, so we ended up just getting one from Wal-mart. I bought a 14.5 pound bird, and can’t wait to get it into the oven!

I remember the very first turkey I ever made. I was cooking the turkey for all of the staff that worked in a residence hall on a university campus, and to make sure I had enough for everyone (I had no clue then!), I bought a 26 pound turkey. It was HUGE!

All I had to cook it in was a small apartment stove. I could barely get the oven door closed when I put the bird in! But I managed, and it was a great bird! I had conducted all my research on Butterball’s website and still use their cooking recommendations to this day!

Only four more days until Turkey Day! YAY!

If you have never cooked a turkey before, I highly recommend you spend some time on the Butterball website.

Start here:

I used the roasting method they advise, not the traditional “low and slow” that many folks I know use. It cooks my bird faster, allowing me to get in and out of the kitchen, and saves energy by running my oven less!

I also start by cooking the bird uncovered, and then tent it with foil when it is browned to my liking (usually 2/3 of the way). I do not baste. I also do not stuff my bird.

Good luck if this is your first!

[note: this post was originally written on my personal blog, and has been shared here because the content is relevant to the journey I have been on to reshape my attitude toward spending, saving and managing my resources more wisely. It is possible that additional edits may have been made to clarify or expand points.]


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