How to Cook a Turkey

Turkey Recipes

Learning how to cook a turkey is easier than it looks, but it does take some careful planning and timing. First of all, remember to allot enough time for thawing if you are using a frozen turkey. A 12- to 14-pound turkey should take 2 to 3 days to thaw in the refrigerator. This is a major step when learning how to cook a turkey.

You also need to determine how you want to prepare the turkey. Grilling and roasting are probably the most common, so we'll discuss both of these techniques in this article.

Let's start with tips on how to properly roast a turkey on the next page.

Want more information? Try these:

  • Cooking: Learn the ins and outs of some basic cooking techniques in this helpful article.
  • Grilling: Grilling isn't just for summertime barbecues anymore. Find out how to cook all your favorites on the grill, all year round.
  • Grilling Recipes: Check out the collection of top-notch grilling recipes at HowStuffWorks.
  • Thanksgiving Recipes: From turkey to stuffing to cranberry sauce, your eyes (and belt loop) will pop when you see all the great ideas on our Thanksgiving Recipes page.