Why is dry turkey such a well known thing?

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  1. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

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    Every year, I cook the turkey for thanksgiving.

    Every year, my German wife says, I don't get why everyone is always afraid their turkey will be dry. Yours is always nice and juicy.

    Love that girl.:p

    Anyway...all I do is defrost, wash the bird, hit it liberally with salt, pepper and sage or poultry seasoning, and bake it at about 300-325 for one hour less than the instructions we all see, that usually say to do 20 minutes for every pound.

    I don't do stuffing, if I did, it would be on the stove. Stuffing makes the bird take too long, which may be why everyone has dry turkey. Or they have bloody turkey juice in their stuffing, which is doubly icky.

    1 hour before the normal finish time, I stick a probe thermometer into the thigh, let it hit 175, and pull the bird. Usually about 45 minutes earlier than the book thinks, on a 15 lb bird. I use a convection oven too...makes things better.

    Let it stand for 15 minutes while you set the table, finish mashing potatoes, etc.

    Juicy and done every time.

    So, how do you guys do it?
     
  2. bluharley

    bluharley Member

    Let someone else do it!
     

  3. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member

    Fry em!..........
     
  4. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

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    My SIL did one once. It was ok. His BBQ ribs were really good though.:p
     
  5. tallbump

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    I always use one of the plastic bags, I think they are by Reynolds. Swear by them. SO easy and they always work.
     
  6. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

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    I "LOL"ed when I saw the title, I had visions of EvilE424 critiquing the MIL's turkey ;) M00NZy-Momma :D

    Great job, Ajole! My ladies have used to bag to great effect
    (hat-tip TALLBUMP)
     
  7. Liberty

    Liberty Shhh! Lifetime Supporter

    My favorite turkey is made out of ham. Pretty hard to mess up a ham. I think people overcook turkey.
     
  8. Dagwood

    Dagwood Supporting Member

    I have fried turkeys every year for about 10 yrs now. Oil at 350, 3.5 min per lb. This yr I even fried a ham. 3 min per lb. It came out looking like a charcoal briquette, but damn it was good. Happy Thanksgiving all!
     
  9. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

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    There I go, messing with Lib's Food!

    :eek:
     
  10. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member


    My wife's step dad does one every year.... He injects them with marinades, and they are fantastuc
     
  11. MaryB

    MaryB Supporting Member

    I stuff mine loosely and rest of stuffing goes around it in the pan. But I also stuff 1/4 pound of butter under the skin over the breasts. Nice and juicy!
     
  12. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

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    <comment redacted so Mary won't say "guys are pigs" yet again>

    ;) ;) ;) Sorry MB, couldn't resist!
     
  13. MaryB

    MaryB Supporting Member

    Men are pigs :p
     
  14. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

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    I like pig.

    I have to admit, my favorite meat, ever, is ham. Of course, I'm classing bacon as a style of ham, too. I mean, it's pork, has some smoke and cure to it...so yeah, it's just really good, smoky, fatty ham.;)

    I even prefer ham to steak, really.

    Not that I'd turn down a good steak, mind you. Just went to Outback with the wife yesterday to use up the gift card the football team got us. T-bone was pretty good, though I think Outback goes overboard on the seasoning on the steak. But I didn't need any A1, so that's a good steak.:)
     
  15. What?

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    This.

    Although I'd be pretty tempted to do OP's advice for the hell of it.
     
  16. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

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    :D

    At least you never single me out!

    Love Ya, MaryB!!!
     
  17. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member


    BIL cooked elk steaks for us this last week, and they were flippin' fantastic!
     
  18. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

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    It's easy. Set it and forget it, to quote some infomercial....:p
     
  19. What?

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    Perfect! When are you coming to my kitchen? :D
     
  20. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

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    Come on up, We have a spare bedroom.:p