The holidays are a time for family and friends, but they can also be stressful. Not only do you have to get food on the table and decorate your house in time for the big day, but you also need to prepare an enormous turkey for your guests. Luckily, we’ve got some tips on how to cook a turkey in an electric roaster that will make things easier on you this year:
Remove the turkey from the refrigerator at least 2 hours before it is to be cooked.
- Remove the turkey from the refrigerator at least 2 hours before it is to be cooked.
- This allows the bird to come to room temperature, which helps it cook more evenly and thoroughly.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place a rack in the bottom of your electric roaster, if one isn’t already there. If you have a roaster with 2 racks, use both and place them on opposite sides of the pan so that they don’t interfere with each other when rotating during cooking.
- Place turkey breast-side down on top of rack (or racks). You may want to put some foil or another sheet pan underneath to catch drippings from thawing/defrosted birds; this will help prevent any stains from food splattering onto your oven floor as well!
Brush the turkey with melted butter or margarine, then season generously with salt and pepper.
You will need: a turkey, melted butter or margarine, salt and pepper.
- Brush the turkey with melted butter or margarine, then season generously with salt and pepper.
- Place your seasoned bird in an electric roaster according to manufacturer’s instructions (water shouldn’t be touching it).
Place the turkey in the roaster and pour 1 cup water into the bottom of the roaster.
- Preheat the roaster.
- Place the turkey in the roaster and pour 1 cup water into the bottom of the roaster.
Cover and cook for 45 minutes per pound, plus 15 minutes. The total time should be about 2 1/2 hours for a 15-pound turkey.
There are two ways to determine how long it will take to cook a turkey in an electric roaster. The first method is by estimating the size of your turkey and then multiplying that number by 45 minutes per pound. For example, if you have a 15-pound turkey on hand, multiply 15 x 45 = 675 minutes or approximately 8 hours and 15 minutes!
The second method involves using an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (not touching bone) until it reaches 165 degrees F (74 C), which is considered safe cooking temperature for poultry products like turkey and chicken.
Baste every 30 minutes with juices from the pan or drippings from under body of turkey as needed throughout cooking time.
Basting is the process of applying a liquid to the surface of a turkey. This keeps it moist and helps to seal in flavor. The best time to baste a turkey is every 30 minutes until you reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F in that area between thigh and breast (thigh). You can use either an electric baster or spoon to apply juices from under body cavity or drippings from roasting pan as needed throughout cooking time
Cooking a turkey in an electric roaster requires knowing how long to cook it by weight
Cooking a turkey in an electric roaster requires knowing how long to cook it by weight. The cooking time depends on the weight of your turkey, the temperature of your oven and what type of turkey you are cooking (whether it’s fresh or frozen).
If you’re using a conventional oven, use this chart for guidance:
10 pounds – 3 hours 15 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit / 160 Celsius
12 pounds – 3 hours 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit / 180 Celsius
14 pounds – 4 hours 10 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit / 190 Celsius
If you are looking for a great way to cook your turkey, then an electric roaster may be the answer. It’s easy to use and can make your holiday meal perfect every time.