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Old 11-19-2006, 05:21 PM   #1
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Question First Time Cooking a Fresh Turkey

I've ordered a fresh, free-range turkey for Thanksgiving this year. Usually my mom supplies a frozen bird for dinner, but I have convinced everyone to "think out of the box" this time around.

Is there anything I need to know about cooking a fresh bird that's different than cooking a frozen one? Recommended temps and time/pound???

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Old 11-19-2006, 05:26 PM   #2
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We used to live near a turkey farm and would get them freshly killed.

Just cooked them the same way we did the frozen ones that had thawed.
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Old 11-19-2006, 05:36 PM   #3
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many frozen birds are injected with brines or oils
you could brine your bird
you could do a compound butter rub under the skin
you could just roast and baste as normal
it should come out just fine.
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Old 11-19-2006, 06:03 PM   #4
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First of all, you don't have to thaw it.

As said above, your turkey will not be brined, injected, etc. A brine will do a lot for the flavor and moistness of the bird. Check out Alton Brown's brine recipe on Food TV.
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I order my "fresh, free range" turkey from the co-op. I think they flash freeze it or something like that. There is a crust of ice on the outside of the bird. My advice is to pick up your turkey early, just in case. My first time making a turkey, we picked it up the day of only to find it was ice crusted. What a disaster that was! A definite strain on my confidence too. Kinda wierd that it's still considered fresh. I do brine it and do a compound butter. I know your dad isn't adventerous but he'll never know if you brine the bird overnight.
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Old 11-19-2006, 11:01 PM   #6
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First of all, you don't have to thaw it.

As said above, your turkey will not be brined, injected, etc. A brine will do a lot for the flavor and moistness of the bird. Check out Alton Brown's brine recipe on Food TV.
On the Alton Brown's brine recipe he fixes it on the grill. Could I put turkey i oven after the brine? Have heard so many talk about brine, must be good idea. Andy, do you brine yours?
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Old 11-19-2006, 11:35 PM   #7
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Alton Brown brines a turkey and cooks it in the oven, not on the grill. I brine mine and do it in the oven as well.
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Old 11-19-2006, 11:48 PM   #8
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I brine too and cook in oven - I have opted, for the past several years, to use apple juice versus water and then add stuff to the brine such as

bay leaves
black peppercorns
smashed cloves of garlic
fresh rosemary
fresh thyme
halved lemons
halved limes
halved oranges
brown sugar
kosher salt

and this year I'm going to add sherry
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Notice Kitchenelf said SHE was going to add sherry, she didn't say she was adding it to the bird. ROFL <runs very far away and hides> hehe

My sister is doing the turkey, maybe I'll do a turkey in a couple of months and see what I can turn out. If you see the fire, run for the hills. LoL
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:46 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone! I think I'll probably do a compound butter with some fresh herbs. Usually I'm more interested in the sides than the actual turkey but this year I'm excited to try the bird, too!

Elf, thanks for giving me the idea to get a fresh organic turkey.
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