What are some tips for unstuffed turkeys?

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Turkey and Holiday Cooking Tips and FAQ

What are some tips for unstuffed turkeys?

Answer:

  1. Unwrap the turkey and remove the neck and giblets.
  2. Rinse the turkey and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Rub the skin with olive oil or butter for better browning.
  4. Raise the turkey up on a V-shaped rack inside a roasting pan. Use a roasting pan that allows for at least 3/4 of the turkey to be exposed above the sides of the pan. This allows the convection air to flow freely around the bird, giving it a nice, brown sear. It also helps to lock in the juices, creating a moist, tasteful meal. Dacor® offers roasting pans with a V-shaped racks (Accessory #: AORPVR). Please contact your local dealer to purchase it.
  5. Spray roasting rack and pan with nonstick cooking spray for easy clean-up.
  6. Fresh herbs added to the olive oil rub add great flavor. Use fresh, though, as dried may burn while roasting.
  7. For added flavor, slit the skin at the bottom of the breast to create a pocket between the skin and the breast. Insert the olive oil rub underneath the skin.
  8. Add chopped onions, carrots, celery, and whole herbs into the bird's cavity. This helps retain moisture while adding flavor to the turkey. These vegetables can be used to flavor homemade gravy after the turkey has reached its safe internal temperature.
  9. After the turkey is in the oven, sanitize every utensil, cutting board, and surface in the kitchen with a bleach-based cleanser and hot water.