This post was sponsored by OXO.
If you’re wondering how to roast a turkey, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll take you step by step through the entire process, making you a delicious, golden, low-sodium turkey with no stress. I promise!
The most important thing is choosing your turkey. Inexpensive birds are not ideal, as they have been raised in poor conditions and are plumped up with a salt solution. See what brand options are available to you before you buy, go online to read the ingredients (it’s very hard to read frozen packages of turkey), and choose the best bird you can afford.
While I found aspects of cooking this turkey to be challenging, overall it’s just like roasting a big chicken. You can do it!
Where I went a little wrong:
I ignored the advice from Butterball to put a pan under the thawing turkey. It really WILL leak all over your refrigerator. It was 90 degrees that day, so that wasn’t fun. I couldn’t figure out how to tuck the wings under. Tip: Don’t Google “how to tie up a turkey”… there are some scary pictures having nothing to do with Thanksgiving.
I didn’t put anything under the turkey in the roasting pan, so it did stick just a little. Use a deep pan, not a cookie sheet, and check it once in a while to see if it needs draining. I had to add chicken stock to the roasting pan in order to have enough liquid to baste the turkey the first time, as I hadn’t seen the Martha Stewart recipe at that point. I didn’t put herbs in the cavity. I used herb butter instead of olive oil, which didn’t work as well. I cooked the giblets in the pan with the turkey, so they were overcooked.
Despite all that, the outcome was incredibly flavorful meat and uber-delicious gravy.
I really liked the OXO baster, which worked brilliantly. The turkey lifter was perfect, and the fat-separating cup with strainer top I will use anytime I am braising meat, like my pulled pork with bourbon-peach sauce. I have already used the fat-separating cup three times. Love it!
Required FTC disclosure: I received the OXO turkey tools kit (giveaway below) valued at $65. I was not paid any additional fees to write this post.
low-sodium, migraine, gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free, soy-free, reduced-sugar diets
vegan or vegetarian diets
You might also like:
How to make giblet gravy from Simply Recipes
Butterball how-to site, including how long you’ll need to thaw a frozen turkey, how to test for doneness, how long to roast, and how to carve
Perfect herb-roasted turkey from Martha Stewart