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How To Cook The Perfect Turkey

All you need to know about: How To Cook The Perfect Turkey.


1. Begin by thawing the turkey in the refrigerator according to the package instructions. This can take up to several days, so plan accordingly.

2. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

3. Place the turkey in a roasting pan. If desired, stuff the cavity with herbs and vegetables such as onion, garlic, celery, carrots, and parsley.

4. Drizzle the turkey with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, or your favorite herb and spice blend.

5. Roast the turkey for about 15 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F when tested with a meat thermometer.

6. Baste the turkey every 30 minutes with the pan juices to keep it moist.

7. When the turkey is done, remove it from the oven, and let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes before carving.


1. To make sure the turkey cooks evenly, rotate the roasting pan halfway through cooking.

2. If the turkey starts to brown too quickly, tent it with foil.

3. For a crispier skin, brush the turkey with melted butter or oil after seasoning.

4. To retain moisture, add a cup of water or broth to the roasting pan.

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