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" Holiday Roast Turkey "

These are the ten, step by step guide in achieving your zesty holiday turkey;

Cooking Method :

Step 1.) Thawing your turkey. Allow 5 hours thawing time per pound lbs or 500 grams weight of turkey in the refrigerator.

Step 2.) Remove giblets and neck. Wash you thawed turkey twice. First, with just regular water. Second, with 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup lemon juice and 3 cups water. Rinse and wipe cavity. Squeeze some lemons inside and outside of your turkey bird. Using your hand distribute lemon juice all over the turkey's body. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3.) Turkey stuffing can be prepared ahead of time and can be refrigerated for about 2 days. But do not stuff your turkey bird until just before roasting turkey.

Step 4.) Twist wing tips and tuck behind back. Tie legs together with butcher string. Then, truss turkey bird by using skewer to fasten neck skin to the back.

Step 5.) On a greased rack roasting pan, place turkey bird breast side up. Insert cubes of butter inside the skin of the turkey and try to distribute mostly on it's body. This will help keep your turkey meat moist. Brush outside skin with melted butter or vegetable oil. Cover your whole turkey with foil.

Step 6.) Roast turkey in 325 degrees oven temperature. Please follow the cooking time guidelines, according to the weight of your turkey bird. When using meat thermometer, it should reach about 185 degress fahrenhiet or 85 degrees celsius. When inserted on the thigh of the turkey bird.

Step 7.) Baste turkey occassionally using the turkey drippings on the pan. About 6 to 8 times during roasting.

Step 8.) Remove foil during the last hour of roasting your turkey.

Step 9.) Keep basting turkey with some melted butter and turkey drippings until your holiday turkey is in golden brown color.

Step 10.) Let your cook roasted turkey stand between 12-15 minutes before carving and to retain it's juices.

Cooking Time Guide for Roasting Turkey :

4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours ( 8 lbs or 4 kg turkey )
5 1/2 to 6 hours ( 12 lbs or 5.5 kg turkey )
6 1/4 to 6 3/4 hours ( 14 lbs or 6.5 kg turkey )
6 3/4 to 7 3/4 hours ( 22 lbs or 10 kg turkey )

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