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How To Cook A Turkey

How To Cook A Turkey - Because really, what would Thanksgiving be without the bird? And thanks to modern-day sophistication, there's more than one way to cook a turkey. In fact, you might never even need to turn on the oven.

"There is no one way that's better than the other," said Greg Fisher, owner of Fisher Quality Meats. "That's up to the individual how they like their turkey. There are many different ways. There's probably as many ways to cook a turkey as there are Crayola colors."


Roasting, frying, smoking, rotisserie, braising or grilling are options. You can use an oven bag or aluminum foil when roasting, season in brine or inject with spices and liquid, marinate or baste. Oh, roasted with stuffing or not? Really, there's no limit.

"My son-in-law and I will deep fry one," said Mike Minars, owner of Minars' IGA in Albany. "He smokes, and then we put one in the oven. We usually use a cooking bag ... Personally, I like the fried turkey the best. It always stays moist, it keeps the flavor ... Last year we injected it with Cajun spice with a long needle. We injected it in the legs and breast. ... It came out really good."

Minars' son-in-law added a little more flavor to the smoked turkey by adding hickory wood to the smoker.

"You can use different types of wood," Minars said.

Before you get to cooking the turkey, however, Fisher recommends you first decide whether the turkey will be fresh or fresh frozen. There's a price difference, of course. Fresh turkeys might say "all natural" and frozen turkeys usually are injected with a solution to keep moist.

How To Cook A Turkey


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