I cooked a turkey this last week and I had very little time to prepare it!
No more brining
The last few years I’ve tried all different kinds of fancy brines when preparing to cook the turkey, and I will admit that they were very delicious. Some of my turkeys were so large that I had to brine them in a cooler – and to be honest, even though the meat turned out fabulously, it was a pain in the neck and time consuming to not only make the brine, but to clean out the cooler, add the ice, and flip the turkey.
Back to the bag
I remember how my mom always used an oven bag when cooking her turkeys, and how it kept all of the juices together. So this year I went back to using turkey bags, and my meat turned out so tender and moist! And I alleviated the mess!
Reason to celebrate
Tuesday night we celebrated my step-mom’s retirement (a celebration that deserved way more than one of my home-cooked meals!), so I invited her and my dad over for dinner. I knew I had to keep my menu simple, because it was a work-week for all of us.
Chopped up the veggies and threw them in the cooking bag
Mr. Tom went into the oven for 3 hours
Using my son’s Christmas art from 4th grade, I set the table
I pulled out my “Celebration” plate
We set up Grandma Friesen’s nativity set (did you know you can’t buy angel hair any more?)
Store-bought rolls, turkey sliced, salad made, potatoes and sweet potatoes mashed
Poked a hole in the turkey bag, draining out the juices, and made gravy using Ginny's simple method – always use cold water with your flour! (The first time I made my "best" gravy was when Ginny showed me how.)
My daughter made her first “roll-out” pie crust
We each grabbed a plate, filled it up and devoured it quickly, but what we really celebrated was Ginny’s 32 years of passion as a nurse. Ginny is a true servant, and I’m hoping now that she is retired we will be able to spend more time together!
Because this girl rocks when it comes to servanthood! (You can’t be a nurse and not be a servant, right?!)
Back to the turkey in a bag – what is your favorite method of cooking a turkey?