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Do You Baste the Turkey?

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laughing808 laughing808 8 years
I've never cooked a turkey before. But I think it's best to baste the turkey several times thru out the cooking process.
bekbork bekbork 8 years
I brine and then put herbed butter under the skin. You seriously never need to open the oven unless you are checking the internal temp to see if it's done yet.
SorceressJade SorceressJade 8 years
No No No, do not open the oven. Besides, brining and cooking breast down is waaaay juicier.
danielle854 danielle854 8 years
My mom does the turkey!
sanscravat sanscravat 8 years
I baste -- but not because it makes the turkey moister (turkeys, like us, do not absorb moisture through their skins). I baste so that the juices will give the skin a tasty and eye-appealing glaze. Only a fool (or someone who has been duped by a nutrition-nazi) would turn down a piece of that beautifully browned skin. Look, we're all going to die sometime, but dying after purposely avoiding one of the reasons for living is just pitiful.
ruthieroo ruthieroo 8 years
I brine my turkey as well and it does really comes out just perfect.
roxyb roxyb 8 years
We inject & baste...mmmmmmmmmmmmmm...turkey...
mtiger mtiger 8 years
My mom always cooks the turkey, and she bastes it. Yum...I'm ready for Thanksgiving!
lawchick lawchick 8 years
ilanac I don't eat turkey either, but I cook it every year for my family's Christmas Eve dinner and sometimes for Thanksgiving. My mom was going to buy a precooked turkey (like Honeybaked) one year rather than cooking, and I thought everyone would be disappointed, so I offered to cook it (mom doesn't like dealing with the raw bird and waking up insanely early), and have been doing it ever since.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
lol. Mama always said to butter, and baste the turkey. halfway through the cooking we foil it and continue to baste. we have never had a problem with the lack of moistiness from out turkey. now my tummy is rumbling in anticipation. . .
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I second everything TidalWave said! :)
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 8 years
We'll share the skin and you can have all the dark meat... If anyone else wants to give up their turkey skin, please let Jude C and I know, post your home addresses, and if you could... have a couple pina coladas at the door waiting for us :cocktail: Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 8 years
I soak cheese cloth in a wine/butter/herb mixture and put that on the bird.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
We'd get along at Thanksgiving dinner (besides fighting over the skin)--I'm all about the dark meat. Mmm. Turkey. :feedme:
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 8 years
The skin IS delicious... I usually only eat turkey breast (since I'm not a fan of dark meat) and I will seriously stab someone with a fork if they deprive me of the skin with my turkey breast! :feedme:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
The skin's delicious!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i haven't made a turkey since i don't eat meat/poultry/fish - but i think that if i did, then i would baste it. that's kind of how i grew up making it and it's always turned out well.
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 8 years
Damn Jude C - I was gonna call dibs on the skin! :drool:
Lindira Lindira 8 years
I brine my turkey, ala Good Eats. Turns out beautiful and delicious and moist every time!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Chiefdishwasher, can I have the skin you guys don't eat? ;) I love the skin!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
I just foil it. No one eats the skin any more. Basting is the reason our parents took twice as long to cook a turkey. Every time they opened the oven to baste it they lost heat and the bird had to cook longer.
yaksmilk yaksmilk 8 years
I use the bag ... I know, I know; it's weird and space-age and probably puts chemicals in my food but it makes the turkey so MMM.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I do the butter and foil thing too, lawchick! I also put some butter under the breast skin--keeps it so moist and juicy. I do baste, though. I think mostly because I like messing with the turkey.
photodee photodee 8 years
I meant roasting bags...
photodee photodee 8 years
We use roating bags and forget about it!!! They always come out perfectly moist ;)
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