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How to Cook the Perfect Turkey

How to cook the perfect turkey dates back to my grandma. Her slow cooking turkey recipe is simply brilliant, with only healthy, happy results. (Granny was still alive and dancing at 102.)

The perfect turkey (without the skin) is a delicious, nutritious, low-fat protein food. And over the past 38 years, I've successfully cooked more than a hundred Thanksgiving turkey dinners and other healthy turkey meals, using this recipe, with absolutely NO failures. Here's how it works.

If your oven is set at the desired internal temperature of the meat, the turkey will eventually reach that temperature. This healthy turkey dinner can conveniently be put in the oven the day before and stays moist and succulent without overcooking. So it cuts down on holiday stress.

Slow Cooking Turkey Evidence

Although slow cooking turkey with turkey stuffing was a very common practice all throughout the first half of the twentieth century and it makes perfectly good sense, is it safe? You be the judge.

Recently the USDA changed their "done" internal temperature recommendation for cooking turkey from185F to165F. No one seems to know why. (In Canada it's still 185F.) The USDA also now recommends oven temperatures no lower than 325F to kill food borne bacteria.

But Granny's recipe calls for oven and turkey temperatures of 185F. So, what's the story?

In the late 60s, as a wedding gift, I received the best selling cookbook, Let's Cook it Right by pioneering nutritionist Adelle Davis. And low and behold her turkey recipe agreed with Granny's.

Then in 1988 the University of Minnesota Department of Food Science did a study where two stuffed turkeys were actually injected with bacteria and safely slow cooked well below 325F.

So, since there's no proof otherwise and millions of people have eaten millions of stuffed, slow cooking turkeys with no known problems, the evidence seems clear to me. And I'll continue to eat slow cooking turkey and feed it to my family and friends. You can decide for yourself.

Slow cooking Turkey RecipeThis method is foolproof. Everyone tells me it's the best, juiciest, most tender and delicious turkey they've ever tasted. Plus, since it's slow roasted over 24 hours and can stay in a 185F oven for as long as necessary, there's less preparation pressure on the day of your dinner.

But here's a warning: Many newer model stoves have a feature that automatically turns the stove after 12 hours. In order to slow-cook your turkey, be sure you disable this feature.

The Dog-gone Problem

Here's the only drawback to this healthy turkey recipe. When it stays in the oven overnight like this, we wake up the next morning to find our dog, Phyto, lying in front of the stove in a pool of drool. We take pity on him though and make sure he gets plenty of scraps. So all is forgiven!

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