So...I know I've been away for a long time and I owe you all an explanation for that. I'll be giving you that soon. I'd do it now, but I'm busy helping make food for thanksgiving tomorrow. I'm just hopping on to give anyone who's making a turkey a tip, and this tip is literally for anyone.
Always use an oven bag when you're cooking a turkey, ALWAYS. I know people who have made tons of turkeys and never used them before, and they bend over backwards to make said turkey. I use an oven bag, stuff about 4-5 sticks of butter under the turkey's skin, and rub it in salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning, then call it good. And my turkey always comes out well cooked, juicy, and delicious. Ok, I also stuff the cavity with things like onions, celery, and carrots, but that's besides the point. I don't need to bother with basting it, I don't concern myself with making sure it doesn't dry out, I just stick it in the bag and let it cook for 3 hours. It is a major time saver. Also, cook the turkey upside down, it lets the juices soak into the majority of the meat and makes it super tender. Like, literally meat falling off the bones tender.
Ok, that's all...Back to cooking I go. w@