How do you cook a Turkey?

Cooking a turkey can be a bit of a process, but here are the basic steps:

  1. Thaw the turkey: If you purchased a frozen turkey, you'll need to thaw it completely before cooking it. The safest way to do this is to thaw it in the refrigerator. Plan for about 24 hours of thawing time for every 4-5 pounds of turkey.

  2. Prep the turkey: Remove the giblets and neck from the cavity of the turkey. Rinse the turkey inside and out with cold water and pat it dry with paper towels.

  3. Season the turkey: You can season the turkey however you like, but a classic way to do it is to rub it with softened butter and sprinkle it with salt, pepper, and herbs like sage, thyme, and rosemary.

  4. Cook the turkey: There are many ways to cook a turkey, but roasting is the most popular method. Preheat your oven to 325°F. Place the turkey breast-side up on a roasting rack in a roasting pan. Cover the breast with foil and roast for about 13-15 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 165°F in the thickest part of the thigh.

  5. Let the turkey rest: Once the turkey is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for at least 15-20 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute and makes for a more flavorful and tender bird.

Remember to always follow food safety guidelines when handling and cooking a turkey, and use a meat thermometer to ensure that it is cooked to a safe temperature.

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