I forgot to buy a turkey until the week before Christmas, and the only ones left were massive, or really, really small. This big bird was 11.38kg (25.09lbs)! I had a momentary panic Christmas morning when I suddenly wondered if it would fit in my roaster. Luckily, it did. I'll have to buy some of those foil roasters to keep on hand "just in case" for future years!
This year's turkey was the best turkey I have ever cooked. I think several factors came into play, but I believe the number one reason it was so perfect was the fact that it was completely thawed before it went into the oven. The last few years my turkeys have been frozen in the middle, so the outside gets overcooked while the inside is still not at the right temperature. It has been disappointing, to say the least. But not this year!
This turkey was way too big and awkward to pull out of the pan to slice when it was cooked, so we just sliced it in the pan. I wish I had taken a picture of this beautiful turkey before cutting into it, though! You can see how brown it got even though it was covered. We got 3 crockpot's worth of bones for stock, 2 large freezer bags of meat- one white, one dark, ample drippings for gravy, and some we didn't use for gravy as well that we can use like stock.
Many-hatted wife and mom: cook, chauffeur, planner, payer-of-bills, and buyer-of-groceries, among others.