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I saw this topic come up in a thread on Recipe Swap today. So I am interested whether you Chefs out there BAG IT OR NOT?

I buy the Reynolds oven turkey bags every year. It has never failed and has always turned out moist and tender.

So yes, I Bag It!!

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icuryy1289782153.743616 PostsRegistered 6/15/2010

If I recall my mom did the bag method along with the over night method and wow the turkey was great. If my memories serves me she started the turkey like around 11:00 the night before and this saved her tons of time in the morning and she didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn.

wilma1289782401.7113395 PostsRegistered 7/10/2007

Yes, we use a bag. It makes the turkey moister IMO, and thus, better tasting.

Katharita1289782513.3836750 PostsRegistered 11/19/2008Hooterville, Texas

I think the turkey is more moist, but it doesn't get as beautifully brown and crispy on the outside.

I think the moister meat is more important.

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esmeraldag­ooch1289783290.2413298 PostsRegistered 1/7/2008Adopt a Rescue Pet, who rescues who?

Turkey fryer out in the back yard...

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sunshine451289797854.145598 PostsRegistered 1/13/2007east coast and west coast

no bag.... i use a very old covered black enamel speckled roaster that was my grandmothers. the turkey always comes out moist and brown.... dressing on the side.

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DiamondGir­ly1289798389.3632620 PostsRegistered 9/7/2009Sunny California

YES...I say BAG it...and ours always does get nice and brown - and ALWAYS moist!

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LAShoeQueen1289799455.513113 PostsRegistered 9/17/2010

I bag it. It comes out moist and brown and perfect!

soflagal1289815318.45774 PostsRegistered 7/15/2005

I did my first last year and used a bag and it was delicious! Skin was nicely brown, and the turkey couldn't have been juicier, and it was such a timesaver for me with such a big bird!

bazb1289815566.3174234 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

My turkey is always moist and brown and I have never used a bag, but if it works for others, then go for it!{#emotions_dlg.wub}

desertDi1289822264.8817468 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

Bagging actually steams your turkey, if that's what you want.

kitkom1289822968.255646 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 11/14/2010 sunshine45 said:

no bag.... i use a very old covered black enamel speckled roaster that was my grandmothers. the turkey always comes out moist and brown.... dressing on the side.

I cook my turkey the same way! You can't beat those old roaster pans! Oh, except I cook the stuffing in the turkey! So moist and flavorful! Mmm can't wait till turkey day. Smile

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Qgirl1289824446.2674167 PostsRegistered 4/20/2005

Yes, I always use the Reynolds bag and a Butterball!

gardenman1289828522.12717987 PostsRegistered 6/30/2005Southern New Jersey

I have an old Butterball cookbook and they recommend open pan roasting and that's what I always do. My turkeys are always moist, tender and delicious with a nice crispy skin.

To be honest, with the modern injected turkeys, it's hard to cook one badly unless you totally incinerate the poor thing. Turkeys are about as bulletproof a thing to cook as there can possibly be. Just look at all the ways people cook them. Some use bags, some use very cool ovens, some use very hot ovens, some fry them, some barbecue them, some smoke them, some used closed roasters. Everyone of those methods can give you good results, so how hard can it be to cook a turkey?

I've been cooking turkeys for around 30 years now for Thanksgiving and I've never had a flop. I've always used the Butterball recommended approach of an open roaster (even when I don't use a Butterball turkey,) but lots of people use lots of other ways and they all seem to work. If you like bags, use a bag. If you like an open roaster, use an open roaster. If you like smoking, barbecuing, deep frying, whatever, use that. They all work. Just do what makes you happy. For me, it's the open roaster. I get a moist, juicy, flavorful bird with a nice crispy skin.

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violann1289828882.72313963 PostsRegistered 12/12/2004

For the last 3 years, my turkey has been a miserable flop, and after cooking the birds for 33 years, I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.

I agree that bagging the bird is really steaming it and not roasting it, but how about the foil tent? The bird in the commercial looks roasted and browned.

To add insult to injury, my cousin, who always comes to our house for Thanksgiving, always has turkey at Christmas and at least recently, it's always MUCH better than mine, but I'm too proud to ask what they do in their house.

Anyway, some comments on tenting?

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lavendersa­ge1289829040.7575304 PostsRegistered 3/25/2009

no bags!

I prefer open pan roasting.

~ lavender ♥

JJsMom1289847640.69320010 PostsRegistered 10/25/2007
On 11/15/2010 Desertdi said:

Bagging actually steams your turkey, if that's what you want.

I agree. You might as well stick it in a crock pot.

coffee dri­nker1289848307.5071347 PostsRegistered 7/17/2009

Now I'm torn -- to bag or not to bag -- that is the question that only I can answer. I don't want to steam it, but I want it to be moist. Actually, I'm making a whole turkey breast not the whole bird. Now I've got a problem - what'll I do with the Reynold's bags I bought this morning!!!??? Maybe I'll just pick up a Costco BBQ'd chicken!!! Moist, browned and delicious every time. J/K!!!

Clover291289848766.97311526 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008

DH doesn't like the skin, so he doesn't care whether it's crispy or not. I don't eat meat, so I make the turkey just for him and get a crown roast because he doesn't like the leg meat either. Never had any complaints about me cooking it in a bag, and I like how all the mess is contained and not splattered in the oven. Bag every time at our house.

FastDogWal­ker21289859333.2631946 PostsRegistered 1/18/2007

We always use the bag method too!

whispy1289860258.871531 PostsRegistered 8/2/2009

I've always roasted mine, no bag.

I've also used the cheese cloth method that Martha Stewart describes on her website under Turkey 101. It's a great method because unlike using aluminum foil, the cloth keeps the turkey very juicy and you uncover it to crisp the skin at the end of the cooking time.


Knit-Chick1289871580.397890 PostsRegistered 12/29/2007Northeast Ohio

My mom always used a bag and I do now. It always comes out perfect:)

bunkster1289872541.687828 PostsRegistered 4/20/2010

Always use a bag, as it shortens the cooking time . I guess the 'steaming' point makes sense, (never heard it stated that way) but frankly, we take the meat off the turkey before the table service anyway, and it's so moist not a soul has ever been able to differentiate that it wasn't roasted. And given I always do a big bird for lots of leftovers, the bag trumps basting it every 20 minutes like my SIL does. I"m about making that day as easy as possible, short of sacraficing the traditional home made goodies.

goodstuff1289872992.47717182 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

No bag! I want my turkey crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside. I season it inside and out, put it on a rack in an open roasting pan, and then tent it lightly with foil, open on the ends. I uncover it the last 45 minutes or so if it needs extra browning.

AnikaBrodie1289922507.7116128 PostsRegistered 1/29/2008The NE state of mountains and valleys

I do my turkey in an old electric roaster that belonged to my MIL. I do not bag it and it comes out very moist and browned and delicious each and every time. Just make sure you baste it with melted butter and its own juices often.

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sunniegirl1289923253.9571080 PostsRegistered 8/21/2008So. Calfornia

I usually use the bag - but as for "steaming" the turkey - since you have to cut vent holes in the bag, I don't consider it steaming - the turkey comes out browned in the bag. Also, I've been reading about brining the turkey for more flavor and juicy - anyone brine their turkey??? One more thing I just saw and that was to cook the turkey breast side down so the juices stay in the breast meat - now sure how it looks when it is done.... might be worth a try for juicer white meat. Just a thought. Maybe we will buy a smaller turkey to try at a later date. Love turkey sandwiches the next day and the next day..... Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. Smile

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