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We want you to have the finest
dining experience eating your pasture raised turkey.
Some people have
their tried and true methods and recipes for turkey, but for some of us,
this is our first Thanksgiving hosting it at home! So whether this is
your first time or your 10th, here are a few
tips to get you going.
Grass-fed turkeys come in all
shapes and sizes, so it's not possible to give precise cooking times. The
only sure way to have a properly cooked turkey is to use an internal meat
thermometer. The estimated times are given for unstuffed birds.
If you plan to stuff your turkey, add at least 30 minutes to the cooking
time. Make sure that your stuffing reaches 165F before you remove it from
Figure on about 1 pound per person for a normal Thanksgiving feast and 1-1/2
pounds per person if you want leftovers.
For grass fed Turkey, using a meat thermometer, the suggested internal
temperature at the time of removing it from the oven is 160F - 165F.
After removing your bird from the oven, allow it to rest for 30 minutes
before serving (20 minutes for smaller birds). This will give you time to
make the gravy. Out of the oven, the bird will continue to cook, and the
temperature will rise another 10 to 15 degrees.
Because of the fine flavor of a grass-fed meat product, you can leave your
turkey with no seasonings on it and it will be delicious.
If you want to add a little something, rub your turkey with softened butter,
and give it a light dusting of salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, & paprika
If you have your own recipe,
that's great! But just keep in mind the lower temperatures.
Estimated Cooking Times For
Based on an oven temperature of 325°F
12 to 14 lbs....2-1/4 to 3 hours
15 to 17 lbs....3 to 3-1/2 hours
18 to 20 lbs....3-1/2 to 4 hours
21 to 22 lbs....4 to 4-1/2 hours
23 to 24 lbs....4-1/2 to 4-3/4 hours
Remove the bird from the oven, transfer (carefully!) to a warm
tent loosely with foil, and let rest for about 30 minutes.
|Another option would be
to use Reynolds Oven Bags.
They produce a moist and delicious turkey, in only 2 to 3-1/2 hours.
If you purchase a package of these bags, it will have a time chart for
the different sizes of birds. On the package, it calls for your
oven to be at 350. It is better to keep it down around 325F, and
allow yourself 1/2 hour extra cooking time to the total cooking time (not per pound). Always use a dial thermometer to
check for doneness.
Good cooking to you, and have a blessed
Cooking Tips for
Pasture Raised Meats
Here are 5 basic principles for
cooking grass-fed meats:
1. NEVER use a
microwave to thaw your pasture raised meats.
2. Put away your timer,
get a good meat thermometer, and be prepared to use it.
3. Turn down the heat.
(As we Bechards say, "cook it LOW and SLOW")
4. Learn when to use
dry-heat cooking methods and when to use moist-heat methods.
5. Ease up on the
seasonings and sauces. Grass-fed meats should be seasoned delicately
so as not to mask or compromise their true flavor.
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