How to Roast a Turkey
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Heat oven to 325° F.
Remove turkey from the bag. After removing neck and giblets from the body cavity, rinse the bird with cold running water. Pat cavities lightly with a paper towel. Rub body and neck cavities with salt and pepper, if desired. Truss neck cavity with metal skewer and truss legs (see note). Carefully wash out sink with hot, soapy water.
Blend together oil or butter, fresh or dried herbs, spices or paprika. Spread the exterior of turkey with the mixture. Liberally sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place turkey on a rack in an open roasting pan, breast side up. Pour 2 cups water in bottom of the pan.
A whole turkey is safe when cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165° F as measured with a food thermometer. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.
NYLON TRUSS: To remove the truss just lift the ring and pull it up and over the end of the drumstick. To secure the truss, hold the drumsticks together, lift the ring and pull it over the drumsticks. The nylon truss is oven and microwave safe and can withstand oven temperatures of up to 450° F.
Roasting time may vary as much as 30 minutes due to differences in individual equipment. There is no need to turn the bird while roasting as it will brown to a rich, golden color. However, a piece of foil should be placed loosely over the turkey for approximately the last hour of roasting.
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