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Bell & Evans Turkey

Turkey

Raised without antibiotics, our turkeys are truly one of a kind. With 20% more breast meat than other brands, they also boast 55% less fat and 25% fewer calories. They will certainly be the showcase of the meal. Available seasonally.

  • No Hexane
  • No DDGS
  • No Hormones
  • No Junk
  • Raised Without Antibiotics
  • Free Range

Cooking Instructions

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F
  2. Remove giblets and neck from body and neck cavities and rinse turkey thoroughly in cool water. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Rub the turkey with melted butter or olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper. Place your desired aromatics in the cavity of the turkey.  We recommend garlic, onion, celery, carrot and thyme.
  4. Tie the drumsticks together with twine and tuck the wings under the body. Transfer to a roasting pan breast side up.
  5. Place in the oven – uncovered – for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, pour 1 cup of water or stock into the pan and cover loosely with aluminum foil and place back into oven.
  6. Reduce the heat to 325° F for the remaining roasting time (see our roasting chart below).
  7. One hour prior to finished time, remove the aluminum foil to allow the skin to brown.
  8. At the end of roasting time, use a meat thermometer to confirm the internal temperature has reached 173° F.
  9. Discard any aromatics from the cavity. Let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes prior to carving
ESTIMATED ROASTING TIMES – ROASTING AT 325°F
WEIGHTROASTING TIME
8 – 12 lbs2 – 3 hours
12 – 16 lbs3 – 4 hours
16 – 20 lbs4 – 5 hours
20 – 24 lbs5 – 6 hours
+ add 1/2 hour for stuffed turkey

HELPFUL HINTS

TEMPERING
It’s important to equilibrate the internal temperature of your turkey prior to roasting for a more even cook.  Even though our turkeys are fresh, we recommend placing your turkey on a pan and placing it in the refrigerator (40°F or below) several days prior to roast.  A good rule of thumb is one half day in the refrigerator for every 4 pounds.

FROZEN TURKEYS
If your turkey is frozen, do not thaw it at room temperature.  Place your packaged turkey on a tray in the refrigerator and allow 1 full day for every 4 pounds.  If time is of the essence, you can use a cold-water method.  Keep the turkey in its original packaging and place it in to a large container.  Completely cover with cold water.  Change the water every 30 minutes to keep the turkey chilled.  Anticipate at least 30 minutes per pound.

PAN SELECTION
The pan you use can affect the roasting time.  The deeper the pan, the longer the time.

STUFFING
Do not stuff turkey until you are ready to place it in the oven. Stuff the turkey loosely. Be sure all meat products in the stuffing are thoroughly cooked before placing in the turkey.

COOKING THERMOMETERS
We highly recommend the use of both oven and meat thermometers. Insert the meat thermometer into the breast of the turkey, NOT TOUCHING THE BONE. A reading of 173° F indicates the turkey is done.

POP-UP TIMERS
Our turkeys come equipped with a pop up timer programmed to activate when the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 178° F.  The timers are accurate, however, preparation methods such as brining, basting and deep frying can affect the mechanism.  If it has not activated within ½ hour of the scheduled roasting time, remove the turkey and check for doneness using a meat thermometer.

CARVING
After removing the turkey from the oven, allow it to rest for at least 20-30 minutes before carving. Not only will the meat slice much easier, but this time will permit the juices to be absorbed evenly, resulting in a tender, more tasty turkey.

OVEN CALIBRATION:
Due to possible variance in oven temperatures, we strongly recommend that all ovens be checked for accuracy at least every six months. The average household oven may vary as much as 100°F.