Best Turkey Roaster Pan for Thanksgiving

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Why Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day originated in 1620. At that time, a group of British Puritans arrived at the east coast of the United States during their exile. At that time, the area was uncultivated land, and turkeys and other wild animals were everywhere. The Indians sent them turkeys and other food. The British wanted to thank the Indians who helped them in times of crisis and thank God for their “blessings”. Therefore, such an event was held on the fourth Thursday of November every year. It was not until 1941 that the US Congress officially designated the fourth Thursday of November every year as “Thanksgiving Day”. Thanksgiving Day is closely associated with roasted turkey.

What Is The Best Turkey Roasting Pan

To roast the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, you must first learn to choose the right turkey pan.

  • Stainless steel turkey pan: Stainless steel pans are a great choice. They are durable, easy to clean, and can handle the weight of a large turkey. Choose a pan with sturdy handles and a V-shaped rack for ease of use. However, it is more expensive and conducts heat less well than aluminum turkey pans.
  • Cast iron pan: Cast iron is an excellent conductor of heat, ensuring that the turkey cooks evenly. However, it is heavy, difficult to move, and more difficult to clean.
  • Aluminum turkey pan: Aluminum pans for turkey are lightweight and affordable, making them a practical choice. They heat up quickly and are disposable, so you don’t have to wash them after use. Some people worry that aluminum foil turkey pans are not durable, but just buy a heavy-duty aluminum pan.
  • Non stick turkey pan: Non stick pans have better non-stick properties, are durable, and cook evenly. However, non-stick turkey pans are usually more expensive, extremely fragile, and easily scratched by sharp objects. Some non-stick coatings are not suitable for use at high temperatures and may be damaged or produce harmful gases.

Do I Need to Cover the Roasting Turkey Pan

Roasting a turkey usually does not need a lid. If you cover it, it will affect the taste of your turkey and sometimes it will be heated unevenly.
During the roasting process, leaving the lid uncovered allows heat to circulate, exposing the turkey’s skin to the air and making it crispier. Leaving the lid uncovered also makes it easier for you to observe the cooking of the turkey. When roasting a turkey, the moisture released by the turkey needs to be evaporated by the oven to avoid affecting the roasting effect on the surface of the turkey. The lid will retain moisture, and covering the lid will greatly affect the quality of the turkey.
When the roasted turkey has a crispy skin but the inside still needs to be roasted, you can cover the surface with aluminum foil to block the heat. Aluminum foil can keep the turkey tender and moist inside, while preventing the skin from drying out.

Tent Foil for Aluminum Foil Turkey Pan

In a disposable foil pan, covering the turkey with foil can prevent the turkey from over-browning or drying out too quickly while still allowing the bird to cook through. It creates a small “tent” or dome over the turkey, reflecting heat and slowing the browning process. For example, if the breast starts to brown too much before the legs/thighs are done, you can use it to cover the breast.
Drape a piece of foil loosely over the turkey to form a dome shape, but don’t let it touch the turkey. You can secure the edges of the foil to the baking sheet to keep it in the “tent” shape.

How to Cook Turkey In Roaster Pan

Ingredients for roast turkey:
Turkey, depending on the number of people, the general weight is about the same as the number of people eating the turkey. For example, if 18 people attend the banquet, the whole turkey is 18 pounds.
Seasonings for roast turkey:
Salt (garlic flavor), sugar, pepper, cumin powder, dried chili, soy sauce, grass powder, butter, coriander, etc.

Specific steps:

  • Thaw: After buying the turkey from the supermarket, thaw it in the refrigerator.
  • Marinating: Mix salt, sugar, pepper, and soy sauce in a ratio of 4:2:2:1, add cumin powder, dried chili peppers, etc. according to personal taste, stir well, apply it all over the turkey, and place it in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Preparation: Take out the turkey the next day, melt the butter and evenly apply it all over the turkey, and place coriander on the turkey’s chest, back, thighs, and wings. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly on the turkey. When everything is ready, wrap the turkey with tin foil.

  1. Preheat the oven to 475 F, and when the temperature reaches the set value, put the turkey in the oven. Wait for 20 minutes.
  2. After 20 minutes at 475 F, reduce the temperature to 275 F and bake slowly at low temperature. The baking time is based on the weight of the turkey, and it takes about 20 minutes to bake 1 pound. For an 18-pound turkey, the baking time is 360 minutes, or 6 hours.
  3. During the roasting process, take out the turkey every 2 hours, pour the juice from the roasting pan on the turkey, and put the turkey back into the oven to continue roasting.
  4. After 6 hours (after pouring juice twice during the process), take out the turkey, remove the tin foil, and put it back into the oven and roast at 350 F for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, take out the turkey and wait for 15-20 minutes before cutting.

Do You Put Water in Turkey Pan

When cooking a turkey in a roasting pan, whether or not you should add water to the pan is a question that is often asked.
Some cooks add water to the bottom of the turkey pan to create steam, which helps keep the turkey moist during cooking. The water in the bottom of the pan also catches the drippings from the turkey, which can be used to make gravy. The water can help prevent the drippings from burning in the pan and causing smoke in the oven.
Some people choose not to add water to the pan because the water in the bottom of the pan creates steam, which prevents the skin from crisping up. Without the water, the drippings in the pan thicken more, providing a more flavorful base for the gravy.
Whether or not to add water depends on how you want your turkey to taste. If you want a tender, moist turkey, adding water to the pan is a good option, just cover the bottom of the pan with water, don’t submerge the turkey; if you want flavorful, rich turkey, don’t add water.

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