Cooking Tips Article
Great Turkey Cooking Tips
Turkey is a long time favorite of many families and now there are some great cooking tips that anyone can learn and use to better prepare these wonderful birds.
Selecting the proper size:
You should plan on about 3/4 pound per person for generous servings. You should understand that this will not leave much in leftovers. If you like to have more leftovers, plan on 1 to 1 1/2 pounds per person.
Hens or Toms:
It may surprise you but the only real difference between a hen and tom is the size. Hens are classified under 16 pounds and toms are over 16 lbs. A somewhat secret cooking tips is that both will be a young turkey, just a few weeks old at the time of processing. They will be equally tender and moist.
Roasting your bird:
Remove the neck and giblets from the neck and body cavities. Rinse the turkey inside and out with cold water. If you want to stuff the bird, you should loosely stuff the body and neck cavities and then fasten the leg clamp back onto the legs.
Place the turkey in a roasting pan with the plastic timer unobstructed. Cover with a lid, or fashion your own cover with a loose tent of foil. Remember to remove the cover for the last hour for browning.
Cooking tips for Roasting Times:
Roast in a preheated, 325 degree Fahrenheit oven. Roasting will take about 15 minutes per pound if the turkey is not stuffed. Stuffed turkeys require an additional 1/2 to 1 hour cooking time. However, it is always best to follow the instructions that come with the stuffing and the turkey. You oven temperature may vary as well which will require you to adjust your time, either upward or downward.
Cooking tips for Basting:
One of the most useful tools you can have is a suction basting tube. These inexpensive tools can make basting your turkey a snap and they can also help decrease the time that the oven door is open, which leads to losing oven heat. Baste your bird about every hour or so. This will help make it brown and tender.
For more turkey cooking tips visit any of the many online sites that specialize in this area. You may be surprised at how many are available and most of them offer suggestions at no charge. You can also read more in cookbooks that are available either online or off line. Just follow the instructions and your next turkey will be a smash hit with all of guests and family members.