(NAPSA) - The first step to roasting a picture-perfect turkey, say the experts, is to start with a quality roaster. Here are some tips to help you choose one:
Avoid flimsy disposable pans. Instead, choose a heavyweight roaster with strong handles.
Dark-colored roasters absorb the oven's energy and evenly distribute it.
Porcelain-on-steel roasters provide an even heat distribution for uniformly cooked, beautiful turkeys. Most hardware and retail stores carry a line of speckled porcelain-on-steel roasters called Granite Ware.
Roast your turkey at a constant 325 to 350 F. A 16 to 24 pound turkey takes approximately 12 to 15 minutes per pound.
Add water or broth to the pan to baste with and to keep the meat moist. Baste every 30 minutes.
Use a meat thermometer to insure thorough cooking. The deepest portion of the breast should read 170 F, the thigh, 180 F.
Once finished, let the bird rest for about half an hour so the juices settle before carving.