Easy prep and seasoning suggestions for getting your turkey ready for roasting.
Whole Turkey Buying Guide
Opt for a fresh turkey when possible. If purchasing a frozen turkey, allow several days before your dinner to fully thaw in the refrigerator.
Remove neck and giblets packet, and free legs from clamp.
Gently pat dry inside and out with paper towels.
Season inside with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. For added flavor, use aromatics inside the cavity. One orange cut in half, one quartered onion and fresh thyme is a flavorful combination. Lemon, sage, parsley, rosemary and garlic cloves are good options as well. After cooking, these will not be edible and should be discarded.
For nice browning, brush skin with unsalted butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper, or a seasoning of your preference.
For a more flavorful turkey, you may try unsalted butter and fresh herbs like sage under the skin as well.
Secure legs in clamp and tuck wing tips under. If possible, use a V-rack for optimum airflow and to prevent movement. Place turkey on V-rack in a shallow, two-inch deep roasting pan. Your turkey is ready for the oven.