Turkey in a bag
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seen them

Hamilton, OH

#1 Nov 23, 2009
My husband said some lady he works with always cooks her turkey in a brown paper bag?? has anyone else ever tried this? and if so what keeps it from catching fire? She said this is the best way as it turns all of it brown and really juicy. I'm going to read up on this but wanted to know if anyone had already done it. Thanks in advance
Hazel

Urbana, OH

#2 Nov 23, 2009
Must be an oven cooking bag. I think Reynolds makes them. It would not be possible to use a brown paper bag, it would get wet and fall apart.
Jir Cough

Mansfield, OH

#3 Nov 23, 2009
pompano en papillote is one of my favorite dishes ever. It is pompano (fish) cooked with seasoning in a brown paper bag. I dunno about turkey but it sure works on the fish.

...so I googled turkey in a brown bag and voila!!

http://www.ehow.com/how_6594_roast-turkey-pap...

the things I find to do on early monday mornings.
I guess you make the bag damp before you put the bird in.

I'm only in it for the pie and stuffing anyway.
Hazel

Urbana, OH

#4 Nov 23, 2009
Defies logic, it does.
Hazel

Urbana, OH

#5 Nov 23, 2009
Sorry but I've smelled brown paper bags and, ew.

The fish method should be parchment paper.

I don't know if they sell paper bags for the purpose of cooking, but grocery bags are unsanitary, have glue and ink in them and should not be used for cooking.
Jir Cough

Mansfield, OH

#6 Nov 23, 2009
much does. Damndest thing.
simpleman

Cleveland, TN

#7 Nov 23, 2009
Bob and Martha have been married for 15 years. Every morning for 15 years, Bob wakes up, farts loudly, rolls over onto his back and gets up for work.
Every morning for 15 years, Martha says, "One of these days, you're gonna fart your guts out!"
One Thanksgiving morning, Martha is preparing the turkey and gets an idea. Before her husband gets up, she creeps upstairs and places the turkey innards in his pajama bottoms, giggling to herself.
Well, later that morning, Bob wakes up and goes through his morning ritual. He screams as he goes running into the
bathroom. Martha laughs, but is concerned after noticing that Bob has been in the bathroom for almost an hour.
She runs upstairs, and is about to knock on the door, when Bob opens up, pale as a ghost. He says, "You were right. You were right. I did fart my guts out, but by the grace of God and these two fingers I got them back up there again."
simpleman

Cleveland, TN

#8 Nov 23, 2009
i have an aunt ho used to cok turkey this way i remember it was 1 whole turkey, 23-25 pounds
1 large brown paper bag (grocery bag)
Butter, soft but not melted
Salt or garlic salt and pepper to taste

Remove neck and giblets from cavities. Rinse the turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Stuff, if desired.

Thoroughly coat the turkey with butter using your fingers or a paper towel. Season generously.

Place the turkey in the paper bag. Seal the bag with staples, paper clips or a needle and thread.(Use 2 bags if 1 is too small.)

Place the turkey on a sturdy shallow baking pan. Bake at 325° for about 5 hours. Reduce the cooking time to 4-4 1/2 hours for an unstuffed or smaller turkey.
And no, the paper will not burn, and the turkey will not taste like paper. But you will enjoy all those little gasps of appreciation when you "unwrap" your perfect paper bag turkey. delicious
Hazel

Urbana, OH

#9 Nov 23, 2009
Many grocery bags are recycled and may contain traces of lead which is toxic.
The glue, ink, chemicals and other materials used in grocery bags are very unsanitary and can emit toxic fumes when they are exposed to heat. Some bags may even contain tiny metal shavings. To make this method safe, replace the brown bag with a turkey-size oven-cooking bag.

Since: Jul 09

Sevierville, TN

#10 Nov 23, 2009
Turkey cooked in a Reynolds Oven Bag is the way to go - makes an awesome bird & relatively hassle free. Happy Thanksgiving to All =)
Hazel

Urbana, OH

#11 Nov 23, 2009
Anybody do the deep frying? I've had it that way and its really good. Any tips on that?

I usually use my 1950's electric roaster for turkeys.
Sow Hugger

United States

#12 Nov 23, 2009
We cook our turkey in the Reynolds Oven Bag as well. It makes a delicious turkey. Can't wait for the feast!

Happy Thanksgiving.
Hazel

Urbana, OH

#13 Nov 23, 2009
Does it "brown" in the bag?

Since: Jun 07

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#14 Nov 23, 2009
In a Reynold's Oven Bag, yes, it browns nicely. It's the only way I cook a turkey. The Reynold's Oven bag is a clear plastic that, somehow, doesn't burn or melt in the oven. I've got an extra if you want to try one, Hazel! DEEEEE-licious!
Hazel

Urbana, OH

#15 Nov 23, 2009
Logan County Mom wrote:
In a Reynold's Oven Bag, yes, it browns nicely. It's the only way I cook a turkey. The Reynold's Oven bag is a clear plastic that, somehow, doesn't burn or melt in the oven. I've got an extra if you want to try one, Hazel! DEEEEE-licious!
An extra delicious, browned, juicy TURKEY or just a bag?

Kidding, I'm actually not even cooking a turkey, going to the inlaws with some side dishes.

I might do one after Thanksgiving so we can have the turkey leftover fix.

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#16 Nov 23, 2009
Ah, just the bag, dear.

Leftovers are the only reason I cook a turkey at all! That and sweet potatoes.
Sow Hugger

United States

#17 Nov 23, 2009
mmm,mmm good.
wishing well

United States

#18 Nov 23, 2009
I have heard to put the breast face down in the pan, i heard all the juices will run into the breast that way and be extra juicy. any truth?
T-bone

Johnstown, OH

#19 Nov 23, 2009
Logan County Mom wrote:
In a Reynold's Oven Bag, yes, it browns nicely. It's the only way I cook a turkey. The Reynold's Oven bag is a clear plastic that, somehow, doesn't burn or melt in the oven. I've got an extra if you want to try one, Hazel! DEEEEE-licious!
I am struggling to type this but, I have to agee. I have deepfried and etc., reynolds bag is the best.
lighten up

Cincinnati, OH

#20 Nov 23, 2009
wishing well wrote:
I have heard to put the breast face down in the pan, i heard all the juices will run into the breast that way and be extra juicy. any truth?
I actually tried that last year. I cooked it like that for most of the time, then I flipped it over to brown the last hour or so. It was really moist, but I just roast it. I don't use a Reynolds cooking bag. If you use one of those, there is no need to do that. It keeps all the moisture in the turkey.

The bags are a great way to cook a turkey, but I find that the turkey is more steamed that way than roasted. It is good either way though,

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