My First Turkey!

It’s not hunting season and I did not shoot a turkey. I froze one. A really cheap one from Meijers during Thanksgiving. Kevin and I are either at his parents or my parents for Thanksgiving so I don’t need to make one. In fact, I’ve never made a turkey… EVER! And for lack of fore thought, I didn’t take pictures as I was going along. The website is below with much better pictures than I could ever take

I knew I wasn’t working this weekend, and had Kevin get the turkey out of the freezer so I could make it. Sure, you’re supposed to thaw it in the fridge. Who has that kind of room? I know I don’t. I left it out on the counter in it’s package in a roasting pan to thaw. Yeah, I know, food safety…pfft.

Anyways, I found a great recipe! I am so not a recipe creator, more of a great recipe finder and tweaker of those recipes. This recipe gave great directions with pictures in a step by step fashion. Super helpful. Like really helpful.

One thing to note – you really do need a meat thermometer. It doesn’t need to be fancy, just need one. I also didn’t have fresh herbs. I used dried and it still tasted fabulous.

This turkey was very juicy and flavorful. Sorry moms. I like mine way better. No, it didn’t have stuffing. And I didn’t use one of those turkey bag things. It was roasted at 400 for an hour and then 350 for the rest of the time. The recipe also gave a great recipe for making a quick broth. Again, I didn’t follow it exactly, but it was really good.

After the turkey cooled, I deboned it and packed it into quart bags for recipes later. I then froze those. I did keep some out for supper tonight and it was so yummy.

Turkey for later

Here’s the link to the recipe:

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