– 1 15 pound whole turkey neck and giblets removed fully thawed – 1 onion peeled and quartered – 3 stalk celery peeled and cut into large pieces – 1 carrot cut into large pieces – 1 lemon quartered – 2 Tablespoons sea salt – 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper – 2 teaspoons sweet paprika – ¼ cup vegetable oil or olive oil, or butter – 6 sprigs fresh rosemary – 2-4 sprigs fresh thyme – ¼ cup fresh sage leaves – 1 cup water or low-sodium chicken broth
Cook time: 3 hr
What is the best size turkey to buy for roasting? Keep in mind that you need 1 pound of turkey per person. Or calculate 1.5 pounds of turkey per person so there will be some leftovers. This should give you a good guideline on what size to buy: . – For 6-8 people: 10-12 pound turkey – For 9-12 people: get a 14-18 pound turkey – For 13-16 people: get an 18-24 pound turkey
Do not wash your turkey Just like with a chicken, there is no need to wash out the turkey. It is a huge mess and could contaminate everything. Remember that as the same with chicken, any bacteria will get cooked away in the oven.
How to thaw the turkey For every 5 pounds of turkey, you will need a full 24 hours. The bigger the turkey, the longer time it will need to thaw out in the refrigerator. Plan on a full 2-4 days to thaw out the turkey. Place the turkey on a pan or a cookie sheet while it defrosts in the refrigerator.
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