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Turkey . . . can I cook it one day ahead?

Started 1290047333.13 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1290469195.26 by soflagal

Just wondering if I can cook my turkey on Wednesday for Thursday? I would like to avoid the "mess" in my kitchen and have everything cleaned up when my guests arrive.

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Usedtobeox­ox1290047512.7173464 PostsRegistered 5/14/2006Third Planet from the Sun

Of course you can but will you serve it re warmed or cold with gravy

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AlexK1290047644.742541 PostsRegistered 3/1/2010

Rewarming will likely overcook it. You'll need to decide if a clean kitchen is more important to you than well prepared food.

Also, there will be no crispy skin.

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JDGreen1290047742.79121 PostsRegistered 8/30/2010

Just a sugesstion~if you do cook it a day ahead, let it rest, slice & debone before refrigerating it. Reheat in it's own stock.

Yorkieowner1290047760.397305 PostsRegistered 8/29/2010

You probably can. But it will probably be a little dry. Why don't you do everything else the day before and do the turkey on Thursday! There is nothing like the juices running off of the turkey!

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Coke Zero ­Addict1290047846.2671360 PostsRegistered 8/10/2010

I understand, I am a kitchen "neatnick" but I would not roast your turkey the day before. I prepare a lot of my dinner the day before just so I can have family time and not in the kitchen with the dirty dishes. I do my yams, salads, mashed potatoes, squash the day before, they all (not the salad) re-heat very well. I am trying to decide what to do about stuffing this year. Also the biggest mess I hate to deal with is gravy. Also I always start with an empty dishwasher that way I can load as I go and for items that don't go in the dishwasher I keep extra towels in the kitchen for fast wash and dries. Good luck and relax.

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Nightowlz1290047942.3139177 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Sure you can. Carve it & put in tinfoil covered pan & heat in the oven. By the time we get everything on the table & the turkey carved & sit down to eat it's always cold anyways. I'm baking the ham the day before because we are going to deep fry the turkey right before we take it to hubbies parents house.

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Clover291290048063.31310132 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008

My mom always does that, for the exact same "don't want a messy kitchen on the day" reason. No one complains. No one can even tell. She doesn't serve the skin so no one worries about it not being crispy.

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dmrd1290052675.16609 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I cooked my turkey a day ahead of time for years as like yourself didn't want the mess on Thanksgiving. I sliced the meat and put it in a large shallow broiling pan. I would put a can of chicken broth over it along with pats of butter on top, cover with foil and put it in the oven just to heat up. It was always nice and moist and hot.

Brabls1290052874.14314740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007
On 11/17/2010 dmrd said:

I cooked my turkey a day ahead of time for years as like yourself didn't want the mess on Thanksgiving. I sliced the meat and put it in a large shallow broiling pan. I would put a can of chicken broth over it along with pats of butter on top, cover with foil and put it in the oven just to heat up. It was always nice and moist and hot.

It works. Do this for parties. Caterers & restaurants do it regularly.

ranna1290186112.377335 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007

you can do it but it will still be leftovers. try warming it up by lining a shallow pan with lettuce leaves and layering the turkey on top, then more lettuce leaves on top. helps prevent drying and you arn,t deleting flavor with more broth

mom of 71290451783.4672076 PostsRegistered 4/10/2010

I've been cooking my turkey early for quite a few years. I just reheat it in an oven roaster along with the juices on LOW. The meat doesn't dry out and it is still crispy from being baked in the oven. No mess to clean up & plenty of room in the oven for other things. {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

Bluesclue1290452014.45198 PostsRegistered 10/5/2007

Have always done it that way. I roast turkey in oven, cool, debone and put in frig.

Next day I put in electic roaster and heat in own juice. Taste very good and no mess.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

Blue

naturalfan1290452224.564192 PostsRegistered 1/27/2009

Can you do that if you stuff your turkey? I can see cutting the turkey and just reheating but can you bring a reheated bird to the table, particularly if you have stuffing in it?

stilltamn8r1290452808.18313366 PostsRegistered 6/14/2006So Cal

I was just listening to a caterer on the radio who says he ALWAYS does this- he roasts the turkey the day before, then on Thanksgiving, he slices it up, and puts it on a pan and brushes it with some sherry and turkey stock and warms it in the oven for about 10 -15 minutes-

He says it saves so much on time and prep, and all the guests LOVE it!

mom of 71290453046.6972076 PostsRegistered 4/10/2010
On 11/22/2010 naturalfan said:

Can you do that if you stuff your turkey? I can see cutting the turkey and just reheating but can you bring a reheated bird to the table, particularly if you have stuffing in it?

I wouldn't keep the stuffing in the turkey. Just cut the turkey up & reheat it in an oven roaster. Put the stuffing into a casserole dish or crockpot and reheat it on Thanksgiving Day.

sdcowboy1290453125.08810 PostsRegistered 2/9/2009Palm Springs, Ca.

I have worked in restaurants growing up and we always cooked them ahead. Please, do not stuff it however as the cavity will become a breeding ground for bacteria. I use a roasting pan cover the bottom in broth then use the outside leaves of romaine to cover the slices of turkey foil wrap and heat in a warm oven. The flavors have a chance to meld cooking ahead of time and much easier to slice cold.

stilltamn8r1290453269.30313366 PostsRegistered 6/14/2006So Cal

Yes, this caterer/party planner says he cooks his stuffing in muffin tins, that way it gets that nice crispy exterior.. He took a sample in to the radio station and they were loving it- it was a "crispy mushroom and cornbread stuffing"

Sooner1290464266.24314343 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Just me, but I would cook anything and everything BUT the turkey the day before. Turkey is ok but is never as good reheated. You can't beat that steaming juicy bird fresh from the oven.

soflagal1290469195.26773 PostsRegistered 7/15/2005

I have a family member who does this and it's so dry the next day (she does use broth, covers the meat while reheating etc but the breast is still dry and tasteless.) IMHO I'd rather get other things done ahead, and then have a nice hot turkey ready to serve. Plus, there's always that "Ooooooh" from the crowd when they see the turkey ready to be carved!{#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}

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