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How To Clean A Turkey For Roasting

How To Clean A Turkey Before Cooking Roasting

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How do you clean a turkey before cooking it?

How to clean a turkey for roasting.   Also, if this is the first time you are cleaning a store-bought turkey don't fret. Plus, cleaning and preparing your free-range turkey is super easy, especially if you plan ahead.  In addition, there are many turkey recipes available online and in cook books.  Furthermore, one of our go to recipes is Roasted Turkey with Lemon, Garlic and Parsley.  Finally, serve some classic deviled egg appetizers to your guests while waiting for you turkey to cook.


How To Clean A Turkey


  1. First of all,  before you can clean your turkey for roasting it has you have to thaw it.  Therefore, thaw your turkey before you clean out the cavity.  Also, the ideal way to thaw your store-bought turkey is in the refrigerator. Furthermore, it will take a few days to thaw out completely. Therefore, allow 24 hours for every 5 pounds (2.3 kg) of turkey to thaw out.
  2. If you do not have a few days for a slightly faster thaw, place your turkey in a leak-proof bag and put it in your sink or a clean bucket. Also, you have to completely submerge it with cold water, change the water every 30 minutes, and allow 30 minutes to thaw every 5 pounds (2.3 kg) of turkey. Moreover, the last option and the fastest method to thaw your turkey set the turkey in a microwave-safe container and use the defrost setting on your microwave.
  3. Keep your turkey in its original wrapping, unless you are going to thaw it in the microwave.  In addition, you can keep your turkey in the refrigerator for up to 2 days after it is thawed.  Although, if you thaw it in water or the microwave, you will need to start cleaning and cooking it as soon as it’s ready.



4.  Just before you handle your turkey, wash your hands thoroughly with homemade foaming hand soap for 20 seconds with warm water and soap.

5.  Carefully cut open the turkey's packing and pull off then pull it off. Discard the packaging in the trash immediately. Then, set your turkey directly into your baking vessel or dish. Be careful not to let any part of the turkey or its juices come into contact with other food items, except for ingredients you will cook inside your turkey, like stuffing. If any juices come in contact with other foods, throw it away.

6. Remove the neck and giblets from inside the turkey. Carefully reach inside the turkey and pull them out. At this point, your turkey will be hollow.

7. Do not wash your turkey if it’s not brined. Washing poultry, including turkey, will not remove bacteria. The safest way to prepare your turkey is to simply move it directly from its packaging into the baking dish.


8. Be sure to wash your hands, clean the sink, all your work area, and anything that has come into contact with your raw turkey. Avoid cross-contamination, of bacteria, be sure to wash your hands and forearms with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds after handling your turkey. Always, use hot, soapy water to wash any utensils and kitchen surfaces you used, such as the countertop or sink.

9.  See our Roasted Turkey Lemon, Parsley Recipe

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