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Turkey in a Bag

I always use an oven turkey bag when I make turkey. Always. Turkeys I cook are usually sliced and put into aluminum pans for take-out orders. This translates into cooking, cooling, slicing, packaging, chilling, transporting, continued chilling and finally, getting heated by someone in an uncertain oven for an indeterminate amount of time. And, after all of that, I still want (and get) rave reviews for my very moist turkey.

For the sake of artistic expression, I've hastily placed this bird on a platter with kale. Bear with me.....

To roast a turkey, I rinse the bird and rub it with olive oil. That is all I use. Placing it into the bag as per the instructions, I pop it into the oven, rotating as necessary to keep the color and cooking even. With an instant read thermometer, I pull the turkey at 155'. There is usually a lot of juice in the bottom of the bag and the turkey is starting to really steam. At this point, I tear open the bag exposing the bird. Back into the oven, it gets a little brown until I pull it at 165'. I let the bird rest with the bag torn open until it cools.

Most clients don't want to wrestle with a whole turkey. I cut the meat from the bones, arrange in the pan and then (this is important), I pour off the juice from the bag onto the turkey. This juice isn't to be confused with gravy. That is something else. This juice helps keep the meat moist when it is reheated. Also, before putting the foil lid onto the pan, I stretch a piece of plastic wrap over the pan. It can go into the oven this way. This layer of plastic also seals in moisture.

What is lost is a crispy skin but I'd rather have a moist turkey. Gravy and stuffing is another recipe posting. (But, not tonight ~ I'm beat!)

Kosher Status: Meat
Number of servings: 12 - 14
Main Ingredient(s): Turkey
Preparation Time: 00:20
Cooking Time: 02:30
Skill Level: 1 - Easy (1 Easy - 5 Hard)
Estimated POINT value:


  • 14 - 16# turkey
  • olive oil to rub on the turkey
  • Turkey sized oven bag
  • 1 tablespoon flour (rice flour for gluten-free)


Please read my introduction for directions.

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