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With Thanksgiving looming ever closer many of us are scrambling to put together a list and acquire all the supplies we need to make the perfect dinner. We have created a check list of the foods we have to make in order for it to be traditional – but then many of us panic. Because we don’t know how to make the turkey. After all out mothers only made it once a year and they never told us!
Don’t worry! We have all been in that situation and all you need is a little faith in yourself and some helpful tips to show you how it’s done.
Preheat your oven to 325. Then take off the wrapper to see what the turkey weighs so that you know how long to cook it for. Don’t forget to remove the giblet bag and the neck from inside the turkey’s cavity. Once they are out you can wash the turkey inside and out and then pat dry with paper towels.
Put the turkey on a rack in a shallow roasting pan with the breast side up. Insert the meat thermometer in the thigh and then add ½ cup of water to the bottom of the pan.
With heavy duty aluminum foil cover the turkey loosely. You will need to roast it until the temperature in the largest part of the thigh has reached 180°F or when the juices run clear. A 20 pound turkey will most likely take 5 hours to cook.
After it has been cooking for an hour and half remove the foil to help the skin to brown. Brush it with vegetable oil.
Pull the turkey out when it is done and let it sit for 20 minutes before you carve it. This will help the juices to saturate all of the meat and make it extra moist.