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    Red face We cooked our 18 lb Turkey

    in a roaster over this time and it came out GREAT! We usually have a larger Turkey, but the roaster only holds a 20 pounder.
    Cooked on high for 1 hour, so it would brown, and then turn it down to medium to low for 3 hours.

    This left room in the oven for the broccoli casserole, sweet potato souffle, scallop potatoes with cream cheese, and an extra pan of cornbread stuffing. Everything turned out great this year.
    Altho, it always turns out great every year, this time there was no tention about (what to cook and when.)
    The 5 lbs of scallop potatoes were the first to go, then the broccoli casserole.
    We will be using the roaster oven from now on!

    I was full, fat and sassy. Now I'm sleepy lol
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    We had dinner here. I'm worn out. Now I can drag all of my STUFF out again. My 3 sewing machines back on a table, our baskets that are full of stuff. scissors, chewing gum etc.,. We had turkey, dressing, dumplings,sweet potato casserole, Ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, apple salad, cranberry salad, rolls, chocolate, pumpkin, apple, buttermilk pie. Coffee and tea. Needless to say I didn't fix it all. Son is a good cook, grandaughter and me. We had a really good time and I'm glad it is over and cleaned up. My kids and grandkids bring tupperware bowls to take home goodies.LOL. I'm glad to get rid of all of it.

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    Yes, I always make my turkey like that. Brown it first (I wrap the wing tips with foil otherwise they burn to a crisp) in a 500 oven for about 30-45 minutes, then I unwrap the wing tips and cover the turkey and cook it for the remaining time. I do take it out twice to remove most of the juices (for gravy) and to baste it.
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    I guess I took the easy way out. DH wanted to go to Minot to Walmart to buy 2 batteries for his 1 ton flatbed that he uses to haul hay out to the cows in the pasture so we ate at the truckstop. He doesn't like turkey and they didn't have a ham special so he had hot hamburger with mash pot and country gravy and I had the turkey special Had all I wanted plus dessert. No mess no cleanup plus no fuss. Now I have a large ham I will put in the crock pot to slow cook tomorrow and make scalloped pot and ham. I can sew to my hearts content then all day.

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    Lucky you amyjo. One of these days I'm gonna do that. I get tired cooking.

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    My husband Deep fried out turkey this year and my daughter did a ham in the crockpot for the first time...both were delicious. Love the deep fried bird...so juicy, but not greasy.

    We had 6 adults and 7 grandkids...6mo-6years...house fun of fun! 7PM - headed to bed to watch tv.

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    :-) We did our little 3 pound turkey roll and veggies in the oven and shared it with nothing. It was yummy.

    Only downside was my pie did not jell and I blame it on Walmart Great Value jello. At home we froze it and it made a great dacquiri ice cream. So we created a new dessert for Thanksgiving.

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    DH smoked a 10lb turkey.Looked more like a chicken on steroids......
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    Well this year was interesting at our house. We had a frozen turkey in our freezer that our daughter got from work. I was under the impression it was about 12 pounds. So two days before Thanksgiving we got it out and I was SHOCKED to see the size of this bird. It was at least 18 pounds, maybe 20, no tag on it so we could tell for sure. We thawed it in the fridge for a day and realized that was not going to cut it, thawed it in the sink with cold water for a day and then got out our old aluminum roaster that has roasted a whole flock of turkeys and it wouldn't fit...tried my small electric roaster, too small. Finally my husband got up in the attic area of our garage and got out the HUGE electric roaster and we ended up cooking the turkey all night at 200 degrees to finish thawing, turning up the heat at 5:00 a.m. and finally got him done by 11:00 and took the insert out and browned him in the oven for half an hour. What a TRIAL! I have been cooking turkeys for 60 years and this was the oddest situation EVER. Had a wonderful dinner with family anyway and we'll have some laughs to remember now that it's over and everything turned out all right!

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    Wondering if I can use the roaster and one of those turkey plastic cooking bags?
    I always use the bag and the bird turns out great. Next Thanksgiving, I would like to free up my oven for side dishes.
    Does anyone know?
    Another great idea...going out for dinner and back to quilting! LOL!!!
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    We hosted our bf's family...took lots of prep, but they were all happy with the meal. Since its a pound and half of turkey per person, and we had 19 coming, I bought a 22 pound Butterball turkey. ... Split it in half to put on top of chicken thighs and dressing in two different roasters...turkey was still underdone after four and half hours so I finished it up in the microwave by top half, then leg quarter half. Two kinds of dressing, one oyster, the other without sage.

    Used crock pot liners, put the green bean casserole in one, another for the incredible sweet corn, mashed potatoes in another, then the requested baked beans, plain green beans with jowl and bacon in iron dutch oven. Five cup salad and 7 layer salad. Double cake pan of chocolate brownies, a rhubarb strawberry crunch, and they brought a ham and their family favorite punch and bf baked 3 pies and one daughter baked a couple of pies, granddaughter did devil the eggs.

    They divided the food and took it with them, cleaned up the whole mess quickly, and put things back the way they were in our house. Everyone from 1 to 73 years old left happy. And left us happy, too. Happy Holidays to all, and may you have reason to give 'thanks' for what you have.

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    I have used the oven bags for years now. I love them my turkey ALWAYs comes out golden brown, juicy & tender. The bag also cuts cooking time almost in half. We had a quite Thanksgiving with only my youngest son & his wife. Here is a pic of my table..before all the food.Name:  002.JPG
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    I always use a nesco roaster. I can give you a real nice hint.. Iclang had the issue of a frozen turkey. Those are the best way to cook a turkey. You have less of a chance of contaimination, and your turkey will be the most juicy bird you have ever had. Just run some warm water in the cavities to remove the giblets and neck.. season and place in your roaster/oven and for a 20 pound turkey it takes about 7 hours to cook. So the cook time is longer, but so worth it. I never ate turkey on Thanksgiving day because it always seemed to dry to me, and more so the white meat. Now I can..cuz now you can actually see the juice drip from the white meat.
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    There were 38 people at our Thanks giving Thank goodness it was not at my house I made 72 dinner rolls and 6 pies and 2 pounds of cranberries other family brought turkey and too many goodies.A granddaughter was our hostess.What a great day.Two days earlier I cooked a22 pound turkey so now I get to freeze the left overs. Love turkey.
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    I tried usng the bag to cook a turkey in my roaster oven a few years back, problem: it puffs up so much that it touched the side of the roaster, had to cut it all away from the turkey so that it wouldn't attach to the bird. Just isn't enough room in the roaster for it. Might work you did a really mall one with a small bag, but not the larger ones.
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    I've used a roaster in the past and the turkey came out good, I've also used the oven cooking bags with success. The past two years we have done bacon wrapped turkey breasts in our smoker and that comes out so great that it is now the only way my husband wants his turkey to be done!

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    This year we only did one as there were only 3 of us eating Thanksgiving dinner here, but in the past we have smoked 2 or 3 at a time.
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    We love to prepare our turkey in a cooking bag, and it browns nicely, with a little sprinkling of flour. The best feature of all, is the turkey is so moist, and bakes in about 2. 5 hours. The browning bag, will hold over a 20 Lb turkey. It's the only way we ever prepare a turkey, but don't open the bag until your ready to serve it, so the meat stays hot. ( or keep it warm in a crock pot.) The deep fried turkey is to die for, but to buy the oil gets spendy.

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    I smoked a 14 pound turkey this year for the first time. From what I read, it is difficult to keep the temp at a safe level on a gas smoker for a larger bird, so I didn't want to press my luck. My grocery store didn't have a turkey that wasn't "enhanced" so I was reluctant to brine it. Instead, I made a wet rub from herbs and olive oil and rubbed it between the skin and meat, then injected it with wine and broth first, then melted garlic butter. I smoked it with apple wood.

    We needed more turkey for a larger crowd,so I bought a turkey breast, which DH deboned and butterflied for me. I pounded it out thin and rubbed boudin (pork sausage and rice) removed from the casings over it, then rolled and tied it with butcher's twine. I roasted it in the oven and pulled it out an hour before eating so I could heat the sides. It rested in a cooler with warm towels.

    Both were very tasty. Best of all, I had a smoked carcass to make broth today and just finished making a turkey and andouille gumbo.

    ETA: I get tired of everyday cooking, so I'm glad DH helps out with that, but I really enjoy cooking for holidays now.
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    We love mashed potatoes and gravy - can anyone tell me if cooking in the roaster makes good gravy? Thanks!

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    I bought a roaster several years ago and will never use the oven again. The only difference is it doesn't brown like a turkey does in an oven, but I mix up melted butter, kitchen bouquet and paprika and coat the turkey and its gorgeous when done. Very moist, very flavorful, and its cooked in 1/2 the time versus oven. Left my oven space for all the other dishes. It's easier cleaning up, too, as the interior pan lifts out of the roaster for easy washing & came with a rack to lift the bird out easily. Enjoying the left overs. Had a 13 lb bird this year (smallest I've ever done) for 3 of us, and I've got leftovers for 4 dinners, easy. Can be used for hams, roasts, etc., too.

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    And yes, it makes stellar gravy, too.... : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebbE View Post
    And yes, it makes stellar gravy, too.... : )
    Thank you DebbE! I will give it a try. BTW, why the paprika? I've never heard of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThreadHead View Post
    in a roaster over this time and it came out GREAT! We usually have a larger Turkey, but the roaster only holds a 20 pounder.
    Cooked on high for 1 hour, so it would brown, and then turn it down to medium to low for 3 hours.

    This left room in the oven for the broccoli casserole, sweet potato souffle, scallop potatoes with cream cheese, and an extra pan of cornbread stuffing. Everything turned out great this year.
    Altho, it always turns out great every year, this time there was no tention about (what to cook and when.)
    The 5 lbs of scallop potatoes were the first to go, then the broccoli casserole.
    We will be using the roaster oven from now on!
    I was full, fat and sassy. Now I'm sleepy lol
    Syl
    We used a nesco roaster this year for our 23 lb turkey. Turned out great...moist, delicious!t was the first time but not the last. As you mentioned, freed up oven but also, kitchen as we sat it on our enclosed deck to cook!!

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    My husband put 2 - 14 lb turkeys out side this morning in the 2 smokers... then tonight will get the regular bake in the oven Turkey 21 lb- ready for Sunday Dinner with our Kids and Grandkids, my mother and Uncle..I am baking Pumpkin pies later...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean in Ohio13452 View Post
    My husband put 2 - 14 lb turkeys out side this morning in the 2 smokers... then tonight will get the regular bake in the oven Turkey 21 lb- ready for Sunday Dinner with our Kids and Grandkids, my mother and Uncle..I am baking Pumpkin pies later...
    Its nice to know that we aren't the only people in the world that feel the need to have more than one smoker! With all that food, you are either feeding a huge crowd of people, or you plan on having lots of leftovers!
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