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Cooking the Perfect Turkey

Whether you’re a seasoned turkey roaster or are cooking your first Thanksgiving bird, roasting the perfect turkey can be a challenge. Our collection of turkey recipes and Guide to Cooking a Perfect Turkey will help you roast a perfectly moist, tender and naturally delicious turkey, every time. Here are a few simple tips to get you started:

  • Always remove the giblets before seasoning and roasting your turkey.
  • Baste only at the beginning of the roasting process. Basting later may make the skin soft instead of crispy.
  • Cook your turkey on a rack with white wine or chicken broth in the bottom of the pan.
  • Roast the bird with the breast side down for the first hour.
  • Use a meat thermometer for best results. When done, all parts of the turkey should be 165°F.
  • Allow bird to rest (covered) after cooking for about 30 minutes. This redistributes the juices and makes for smooth carving.

Here are a few of the roast turkey recipes we’re smitten with this season: Golden Roasted Turkey This deliciously moist roasted turkey is surprising in its ease of preparation. Exactly what you remember from Thanksgiving dinners of old only better. Ginger Glazed Turkey with Roasted Fruits Many varieties of pears and apples come into peak season in November. Take advantage of what’s in season, and enjoy the fruit flavors with the ginger coating on this turkey. Herb-Crusted Turkey Breast with Mushroom-Leek Stuffing. An ideal entrée for those who don't want or need to cook an entire turkey but would like the "turkey with stuffing" experience. Ready for more? Browse more holiday recipes and check out our guide for cooking the perfect turkey.

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Rich Fahringer says …

Your article title "Cooking a Perfect Turkey" at the website www.wholefoodsmarket.com/holidays/guides/turkey.php gives much helpful information about cooking a turkey; however, I do not see anywhere the recommended temperature setting for the oven while roasting the turkey.

Maria says …

I bought your Thanksgiving dinner and have to cook the turkey but it came without instructions. I don't know whether I have to put the stuffing inside the turkey before cooking it or if it's ready. I don't know what to do with the leaves and the cranberries that came with the turkey. I came to your website and there's no instructions specific to what you sold. For next year, make sure instructions come with the dinner. Thanks

Auntie E's Kitchen says …

New to your site. I love the hints on cooking a turkey. This year I will be using a Brine for my turkey. Enjoyed browsing your site today.

David says …

Loved the post. Very informative.

Rudy says …

This site was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something which helped me. Thanks a lot!