Preparing Your Fresh Turkey

By: Chef Carrie Walters | Culinary Director
On: October 27, 2014

We recommend a DLM Fresh Free-Range Turkey for your Thanksgiving meal. Follow these instructions to preserve its naturally tender and juicy gourmet flavor, and you will be on your way to the best turkey you have ever tasted.

Pre-Roasting Instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 325°F.

2) Remove turkey from plastic bag.

3) Remove giblets and neck from body and neck cavity.

4) Rinse turkey and pat dry.

5) Rub turkey liberally inside and out with salt and favorite spices.

6) Brush with butter or olive oil if desired.

7) Unstuffed turkeys tend to be more moist, so the preferred

method is to cook the dressing in a separate pan.

Roasting Instructions:

1) Place turkey in a roasting pan.

Breast side up for best table presentation.

Breast side down for juiciest white meat.

2) Roast until turkey’s internal temperature is 165°F

(making sure that thermometer is not touching a bone).

3) Remove from oven, loosely tent with foil, and let rest

for at least 20 minutes before carving.

4) If using a cooking bag, please follow the cooking bag

instructions and cook until an internal temperature

of 165°F is reached.

Chef Carrie shares her tips for cooking the perfect turkey on YouTube: