Well, the big day is almost here. No, not Halloween. Thanksgiving. The big Turkey day. My first away from home. I am very excited about the prospects of the up-and-coming holiday, and recently I had a conversation with Jeff that went something like this:
“Hey Jeff, I want to host Thanksgiving.” – me
“OK. Cool.” -Jeff
“Hey, I think Jen and I are going to host Thanksgiving.” – Becca, who just had walked in.
“Oh.” – me (Disappointed because I wanted to cook the turkey)
“But, can you do the turkey? Please?” – Becca
“Um, sure, no problem.” – me (Internally screaming YES OF COURSE)
But now I had a problem. I had to make a turkey. I’ve never so much as thought about roasting a bird. But my friend K can do it, so if she can, I can. Thus, I came up with a six week plan.
Week 1: October 19-25
*Research types of recipes for roasted turkey
Week 2: October 26-November 1
*Practice roasting a chicken
Week 3: November 2-8
*Practice on a small-sized turkey
Week 4: Nov 9-15
*Whittle away recipes, choose favorite 1
Week 5: Nov 16-22
*Whittle away recipes, choose favorite 1, buy ingredients
Week 6: Nov 22-27
*Discuss with Becca how her oven cooks, lay out final plan, purchase turkey
Now I know that might seem a little ridiculous, but I want my first turkey to be delicious. So I am going to practice. I’ve bought a chicken for this week, and last week looked at some recipes. However today, I was researching a bit more, and I found this:
“Number of Diners: 12.
Turkey Size (including leftovers): 16 to 18 pounds.
Thawing Time (for a frozen turkey): Refrigerator, 3 1/2 to 4 days; cool water (changed every half hour), 8 to 9 hours.
Roasting Time (unstuffed): Roast at 425° F for 45 minutes. Cover with foil, reduce temperature to 350° F, and continue to roast until a thigh registers 180° F, 2 1/2 to 3 hours total.”
This sounds harder than I originally thought. And that information is from “Real Simple.”
Real Simple also had this little trick: “Tip: Roast two small turkeys side by side rather than one extra-large bird. They’ll be done in almost half the time.”
I just might, Real Simple, I just might.
Meanwhile, I’d like to hear what you all think–what’s hard about cooking a turkey, what’s easy, what do I need to remember?
I already feel like I need to purchase a meat thermometer, and a baster. So I did some more probing on the website from Real Simple, and found out there are 7 things I should own to make a turkey. This might get expensive.
Looks like I have some work to do…next up, “40 ways to Simplify Thanksgiving.” I can’t think of 10 things I’d need to do, let alone 40 things I’d want to make my life easier. Looks like I have some learning to do…