Cooking the turkey...a day ahead of time.

@jillhill (37383)
United States
November 23, 2011 6:59am CST
I am getting my turkey done today and in the morning I"ll put it in the slow cooker to reheat it in a broth. That way I'll have more room in the oven for things like green bean casserole and the sweet potatoes. Do you do your turkey on Thanksgiving day or a day ahead?
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
23 Nov 11
That's a great idea, problem is, I doubt a 21 pound bird would fit in my crock pot. Maybe I will talk my husband into purchasing a smaller bird next year..lol
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
24 Nov 11
I got it cooked and cut up and the meat just barely fits.....I took out the wings and some other meat and put in a baggie in the freezer for soup later.
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• United States
24 Nov 11
I mentioned on your other post, this is what I am going to do, or at least try, then if I find the turkey still frozen, I can take steps to defrost it in time to cook the next day..
• United States
14 Dec 11
Thanks for the BR, and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving..
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
23 Nov 11
When I am having Thanksgiving here at home I make my Turkey the day of Thanksgiving. I use oven bags which cut the cooking time down to about 2 1/2 hours. So I can either make it earlier, or have it be one of the last things I make. With using the oven bag, it makes 2 to 3 times more the amount of broth for gravy. Which we love. There is plenty for basting the dressing that I place in separate casserole dishes. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
24 Nov 11
You are so right. I got tons of broth! I did use a bag.
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• United States
25 Nov 11
Well good for you. I love using my oven bags. I even use it for beef roast and other meats. I like it that the time is cut in half, the meats are juicier and that you get more broth to make gravy or to save and freeze for future use. Have a great day.
@Masihi (4227)
• Canada
23 Nov 11
Thanks giving in Canada was a month ago, lol. But the turkey a day early is a good idea, only we'd be tempted to pick at the meat too soon! It's okay, since we cook the pies ahead of time then all we have to do is stick the turkey in the oven and cook the veggies.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
23 Nov 11
Sounds good!
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
23 Nov 11
My neighbor also puts her turkey in the crockpot to keep it warm and it always makes it nice and juicy. I know a couple of people that cook the turkey the day before Thanksgiving. I have never done that though. We always cook it on the day of Thanksgiving. This year though I will be cooking a spiral ham instead since we already had two Thanksgiving dinners in the past 7 days. Now we are turkeyed out.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
23 Nov 11
I was going to also get a ham but my sister said not to. She says they all love turkey and ham would be too much.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
27 Nov 11
Since I only made the spiral ham my daughter complained the whole time that she wanted turkey instead. There is always someone that has to complain. Anyway I enjoyed the spiral ham that I cooked.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
28 Nov 11
I've actually never made a turkey of my own, so I really don't know how I would do it. I'm not a fan of turkey, except in certain preparations. With that said, I did make a light turkey dinner for the family last week, but the way that I cooked it only involved baking some turkey slices that had been wrapped around dressing and covered with turkey gravy. This is my perfect alternative to making Thanksgiving dinner because it is both simple and delicious.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
28 Nov 11
Wow! That sounds good! I am not a big fan either of turkey. Once or twice a year is good for me. I sent all the leftovers home with my nephews.
• Canada
24 Nov 11
No we don't do things a day ahead, rather we do them a month ahead! LOL IN Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. :) We went out for Thanksgiving dinner since there are only two of us. That was great, because we didn't have to do any of the prep, nor did we have to do any of the cleanup.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
24 Nov 11
That sounds wonderful!
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
23 Nov 11
My son in law usually cooks the turkey.I usually cook the dressing and a cake.Most always ask for my strawberry cake.We all bring a few items each.Can't wait to get started eating.I have my cornbread cooking to make my dressing now.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
23 Nov 11
Yummy!
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
23 Nov 11
I will start many preparations today, but not sure as to when I will actually start cooking it. I think that my daughters are going to help me cook so it should be a fun day and I have lots to do so I guess I should get ready to start getting things gathered together.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
23 Nov 11
I am just about ready. Just have to pick up milk and pies......
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
23 Nov 11
Working today, so I have to do my turkey tomorrow. But the only other thing I need the oven for is the green bean casserole, the rolls, and the pies. I'm making yams straight out of the can.. just heat them in the microwave. Totally skipped the squash this year, but squash and yams are so similar, you don't really need both. I've never really had any problems letting the turkey sit while we baked the green bean casserole.. gives it time to cool off before it is carved.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
23 Nov 11
For sure!
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
23 Nov 11
I don't do the whole turkey meal anymore. But when I was doing it, I did just the opposite as you. I'd do the sides on the day before and the turkey on T.Day. It was easy to just heat up the the sides in the oven after the turkey was done. I also saved making the giblet gravy til T.Day too. This year, I don't know what I'll be having. Maybe a bologna sandwich? I'm going to the grocery this morning so I may grab a turkey leg and roast that.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
23 Nov 11
Hurray for turkey!!!