Turkey often dries out in the oven during roasting. Cooking the turkey in a bag traps the moisture inside, keeping the meat juicy. Do not use any plastic bag for cooking a turkey. You must use a plastic roasting bag. These bags are made from a heat-resistant plastic which will not melt or burn in the oven. Look for plastic roasting bags in grocery stores near the aluminium foil.
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Things you need
- 2 tbsp flour
- Roasting pan
- Nylon tie included with bag
- Meat thermometer
Remove giblets and neck from the thawed turkey.
Preheat the oven to 177 degrees Celsius.
Sprinkle flour inside the bag and shake bag to coat the inside.
Puncture the bag with a fork in several places to vent steam.
Place the plastic roasting bag into a roasting pan.
Insert the unstuffed turkey into the bag and loosely close the bag with the nylon tie.
Cook the turkey in the plastic roasting bag for 1 ½ to 2 ¼ hours for 3.63 to 5.44kg. turkeys; 2 ¼ to 2 ¾ hours for 12 to 14lb. birds; 2 ¾ to 3 ½ hours for 14 to 18lb. turkeys; 3 ½ to 4 hours for 18 to 20lb. turkeys and up to 5 hours for larger turkeys.
Insert a meat thermometer into the thigh and breast and remove the turkey when the thermometer reads 76.7 degrees Celsius in the breast and 82.2 degrees Celsius in the thigh.
Tips and warnings
- Do not cook the turkey with stuffing in it as it will increase the cooking time and the stuffing might not cook enough to kill bacteria.
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