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Old 12-21-2006, 04:36 PM   #1
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First time cooking a turkey, need help!

My boyfriend received a turkey from his company, sort of a british tradition I'm told. ANyways, neither of us have EVER cooked a whole frozen turkey..tips please

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Old 12-21-2006, 05:32 PM   #2
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My boyfriend received a turkey from his company, sort of a british tradition I'm told. ANyways, neither of us have EVER cooked a whole frozen turkey..tips please
Start thawing it in the refrigerator right now.


Christmas morning, remove the giblets from the main cavity and from the front flap of skin where the neck would be.
LIberally sprinkle salt and pepper all over it. Put on a rack and roast @ 350*. How big is it?
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:34 PM   #3
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First of all, the bird will have to be thawed before it is introduced to the oven. Depending on the size of the turkey, it can take several days - in the refrigerator - to defrost. Decide when you want to serve it. That is, Christmas Eve or Christmas day. Then work backwards from there for the timing to get it thawed.

Then, are you going to cook it with stuffing inside or nothing inside except some seasonings, etc.? If you are going to cook it stuffed, you should stuff it just before you are going to cook it to ensure that you don't invite any germy critters to your nice holiday meal.

Now do a "search" on this site and learn lots, lots more. You'll do just fine.
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:35 PM   #4
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Most turkeys sold in North America have instructions on the packaging. that's a really good start. As Katie said, we have lots of posts on the subject.
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:07 PM   #5
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We can give you a lot of advice but I believe turkeys are a popular Christmas dinner item in the UK. Would also ask a friend for some pointers.

As Cando said, start thawing it in the fridge right now, if you want to eat it on Christmas.

Depending upon the size of the bird and your refrigerator's temp, it will take a variable amount of time to thaw.

It will probably be done by Monday, and if it is thawed earlier should be fine.

There are many ways to roast a bird, and have tried many of them.

Would find a good recipe, DC is a good place, and try it.

Always prefer cooking with stuffing inside the bird, but if not would add a bit of citrus and onions.
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Old 12-21-2006, 07:46 PM   #6
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Ok cause on the back,( you guys were right, there are instructions) it says to allow 5 hours, and here everyone is saying days....so the answer is....???
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That may mean if you set it on the counter to thaw; I would thaw it in the fridge. How much does the turkey weigh?
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:22 PM   #8
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There is usually ice inside that keeps it from thawing real fast. Five hours seems like the water method where you put it in a large pot of cold water and wait. It doesn't work very well. There are hotlines posted on some turkey wrappers. They are very helpful.
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These people Butterball | Thanksgiving Holiday Guide will tell you everything you need to know about cooking a turkey.
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Ok cause on the back,( you guys were right, there are instructions) it says to allow 5 hours, and here everyone is saying days....so the answer is....???
That probably means 5 hours per pound to thaw in the fridge.
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