Originally Posted by Andy M.
Well, actually I don't flip turkeys. However, I wouldn't use pot holders (or oven mitts, etc.) to handle food, just hardware. When I lift a roasted turkey out of its pan, I do so by sticking a large wooden spoon or fork into the cavity and use my hand, insulated with some paper towels, on the outside.
When I cook a turkey, it's usually a large bird, 24 lb. or better. I like leftovers! Consequently, I don't think the wooden spoon method would work.
When I roast a turkey in the oven, I start it breast down, and then turn it over for the breast to brown. As I don't want to poke holes in it for juices to run out, what I do is to cover my gloves with plastic bags, grab it, and turn it over. Even with the plastic bags, I find the gloves work better than mitts.